September 21, 2004A new site, the Gettysburg wind tower, has been added to the WRAN. The tower in use there is a 50-meter NRG Systems tilt-up tower, unlike the microwave relay towers in use elsewhere on the network. This site went into action in July 2004, and data will be available on the web shortly.
A second new site, at Murdo and sponsored by the West Central Electric Cooperative, is in the works. This site will use an existing microwave relay tower and will have instruments at 50, 70 and 90 meters.
March 25, 2004FPL Energy (now known as NextEra Energy Resources) donated $50,000 to the WRAN project to expand the network. The $50,000 check was recently presented at South Dakota State University by members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. In the photo below, from left to right, are Gary Hanson, Vice Chairman of the SDPUC; Bob Sahr, Chairman of the SDPUC; Michael Ropp, WRAN project leader and SDSU Professor of Engineering; and Jim Burg, SDPUC commissioner.
This generous donation will be used to add as many as seven new sites to the WRAN. The locations of the new sites are still being negotiated, he priority will be to expand coverage in the western part of South Dakota. The new site locations will be posted on this web site as they are determined. The new sites will be equipped with anemometers at 50, 70 and 90 meters above ground (the present five sites only have 50 and 70 meter levels).