WPL To Expand Wind Generation

Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation has filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for the Bent Tree Wind Farm, a proposed wind farm in Freeborn County, Minnesota. The project has the potential to produce up to 400 megawatts (MW) of energy.

WPL’s CPCN application seeks PSCW approval to develop approximately 200 MW of wind power on the site beginning in 2009. A decision regarding the development of the wind farm’s additional 200 MW has not yet been made. Pending all regulatory approvals, WPL anticipates that the project will be commercially operable by the end of 2010. The initial phase of the project will cost approximately US $450 to US $475 million, excluding allowance for funds used during construction.

“Developing Bent Tree Wind Farm is the next logical step in WPL’s commitment to not only wind energy, but all renewable energy,” said Barbara Swan, President of WPL. “We will continue to seek environmentally friendly alternative sources of energy to complement our baseload generation initiatives, which furthers our goal of providing reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power to our customers.”

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