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EIS-0418: Draft Environmental Impact Statement

South Dakota PrairieWinds Project, Deer Creek Station Energy Facility Project, Brookings County, South Dakota

In response to a request from Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric), Western Area Power Administration (Western) proposes to provide interconnection services, and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) proposes to provide financial assistance, for the Deer Creek Station Project, a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired generation facility. The facility is being proposed to meet projected intermediate demands for electricity in the eastern portion of Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s service territory, as determined from a power supply analysis. Basin Electric’s alternatives analysis included alternative power generation technologies and alternative sites. Basin Electric proposes to construct a proposed natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility at one of two sites near White, South Dakota (SD). The alternative sites are convenient to a natural gas supply pipeline and to a transmission line owned by Western