PSC Approves Wind Project, Doubles Wisconsin’s Wind Power

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) approved construction of We Energies’ Blue Sky Green Field Wind Project in Fond du Lac County. Approval of the wind project takes Wisconsin another step closer to meeting the state’s new renewable energy goal to produce 10% of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.

Each of the planned 88 wind turbines will have the capacity of between 1.5 and 2.3 megawatts (MW) with a total project capacity of nearly 200 MW. The wind farm will be connected to the state’s electric transmission system by the new Cypress Substation in Marshfield. The Blue Sky Green Field Wind Project will double the amount of wind energy already approved or in operation in Wisconsin. Last year Governor Doyle signed Act 141 into law. The new law calls for state utilities to produce 10 percent of Wisconsin’s electricity used by customers from renewables by 2015. Currently, about 4 percent comes from renewables. It was a bipartisan effort to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy in Wisconsin and was based on the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables. The new law also calls on state government agencies to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy and strengthens state energy efficiency programs. “This project is a significant step to meeting the state’s renewable portfolio standards,” said Chairperson Dan Ebert. “While others are talking about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, Wisconsin is building wind turbines, investing in biomass, exploring other renewable resources and moving towards energy independence.”
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