Wisconsin Seeks Wind Power Development

Wisconsin Public Power and Madison Gas & Electric issued a joint request for proposals that could add up to 80 MW of wind capacity in Wisconsin. The two utilities are each seeking to add 10 to 20 MW of renewable wind power by December 2005, either through ownership or by purchasing the output from the construction of new wind facilities in the state.

Madison, Wisconsin – October 15, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Wisconsin Public Power and Madison Gas & Electric issued a joint request for proposal (RFP) that could add up to 80 MW of wind capacity in Wisconsin. The two utilities are each seeking to add 10 to 20 MW of renewable wind power by December 2005, either through ownership or by purchasing the output from the construction of new wind facilities in the state. Additionally, Sun Prairie-based WPPI and MGE have each asked for proposals to add another 10 to 20 MW of wind-powered generation in subsequent years. “MGE has joined forces with WPPI in order to build a larger project and reduce the cost of wind power in Wisconsin,” said Greg Bollom, MGE Assistant Vice President of Energy Planning. MGE currently owns an 11.2 MW wind farm in northeastern Wisconsin. The company’s Wind Power Program ranks No. 1 in the nation of all investor-owned utilities for percentage of customer participation, said the company. “Based on the continued demand for renewable energy among customers in our member communities,” WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly said, “we are looking to expand the wind resources in our renewable power portfolio.” WPPI currently owns two wind turbines located near Worthington, Minnesota , with a combined generating capacity of 1.8 MW. WPPI’s renewable resources also include the output from a refurbished, low-impact hydroelectric plant near Black River Falls and biogas projects at wastewater treatment plants in WPPI member communities Kaukauna, Menasha and Sun Prairie. Nearly 2,100 residential and business customers in WPPI member communities are now purchasing all or a portion of their electricity generated by renewable resources. Proposals are due Dec. 1, 2003. Click on the link below to download the RFP.
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