Development Rights Purchased for Wisconsin Wind Project

Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WP&L) has purchased development rights to the Cedar Ridge Wind Farm project, previously owned and developed by Midwest Wind Energy (MWE) of Chicago since 2004.

The proposed 80- to 100-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in the townships of Eden and Empire in Fond du Lac County, Wis., will consist of approximately 40 wind turbines across 12.2 square miles of land. When complete, Cedar Ridge Wind Farm will generate enough electricity to power as many as 20,500 homes. “We are pleased to take this step towards making Cedar Ridge Wind Farm WP&L’s first owned wind farm in its generation portfolio,” said Kim Zuhlke, vice president-New Energy Resources for WP&L. “Cedar Ridge Wind Farm will help us meet Wisconsin’s growing need for electricity with clean, renewable, locally owned energy.” Cedar Ridge Wind Farm has been under development by MWE since 2004. Preliminary permits, including zoning, land use agreements, and environmental studies were completed by MWE during that time. WP&L will assume responsibility of the remaining activities, including permitting, engineering, construction and operation of the wind farm. WP&L plans to file its Certificate of Authority (CA) and fixed financial parameters (Act 7) applications with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) in August 2006. The PSCW’s rulings on the CA and Act 7 applications are expected in early 2007. Depending on availability of wind turbines and all necessary approvals, Cedar Ridge Wind Farm will begin commercial operation either in late 2007 or 2008. WP&L will also include the estimated total project cost in its CA application with the PSCW. The Cedar Ridge Wind Farm is one part of WP&L’s 2006-2013 Generation Plan. The Generation Plan also calls for a 300-MW expansion of WP&L’s Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville, Wis., or Columbia Energy Center near Portage, Wis.
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