Wind Power Grows in Wisconsin

Responding to growing customer demand, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) will build a second Wisconsin-based wind farm that will produce electricity for residential and business customers.

Madison, Wisconsin – September 10, 2003 [] The company said their goal is to be the first investor-owned utility in the state to have at least five percent of its customers choosing clean, renewable wind generation for part or all of their electricity needs. The wind farm is expected to begin generating power late next year. MGE will issue a request for proposals before November 1, 2003, to build a wind farm with a generating capacity of at least 10 MW. At maximum output, the proposed facility would generate enough electricity to supply more than 3,500 homes. A site for the wind farm has not yet been chosen. The company also has six other photovoltaic units generating electricity in the Madison area. The company said the new facility will allow nearly double the number of participants in their wind power program. About 4,400 families and 93 businesses choose to pay a little more each month on their electric bill to cover the higher costs of wind power generation. A waiting list of customers wanting to participate in the program currently exists, said MGE. “We want all MGE customers to have the opportunity to purchase electricity from this renewable energy source,” said Gary Wolter, MGE chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Expanding the program will also improve the economics of wind energy and make participation more affordable for everyone.”
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