Project Development, Wind Power

We Energies Applies To Build 207-MW Columbia County Wind Project

We Energies filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for authorization to build the 207-megawatt (MW) Glacier Hills Wind Park. The proposed wind park would be located in the towns of Randolph and Scott in northeast Columbia County.

Current plans call for the project to consist of up to 90 wind turbines with a total capacity of 207 megawatts. The cost of the project is expected to be in the range of US $340 million to US $530 million depending, in part, on the size of the turbines selected.

“The Glacier Hills Wind Park is an important step toward meeting our renewable energy goals and will clearly help Wisconsin reduce its carbon footprint,” said Andy Hesselbach, the project’s manager.

The PSCW review is expected to take from six months to a year. Because the actual construction and commercial operation dates are dependent on approval from the PSCW and the availability of turbine equipment, the first full year of commercial operation is expected to be 2012.

According to We Energies, they completed a similar project on time and on budget earlier this year with the commissioning of the 88-turbine Blue Sky Green Field Wind Energy Center in Fond du Lac County.