Wisconsin Public Service Commission Approves 98-Megawatt Wind Farm

May 10, 2007

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) announced May 9 that it has approved construction of Alliant Energy's Cedar Ridge Wind Farm in Fond du Lac County. The decision brings Wisconsin closer to meeting its goal of producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

The PSC approved Alliant Energy's request to build 41 wind turbines within a 7,800-acre project area in the towns of Eden and Empire. The total capacity of the project is about 98 megawatts (MW) — enough to supply power for approximately 30,000 residential customers.

Wisconsin has 53 megawatts of wind energy capacity and an additional 345 megawatts had been approved for construction before May 9. The PSC decision on Cedar Ridge brings the total approved wind generation to about 450 MW.

Last year, Wisconsin passed Act 141 to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use. The law calls for the state's utilities to produce 10 percent of Wisconsin's electricity from renewables by 2015, encourages government agencies to improve energy efficiency, and strengthens the state's energy efficiency programs. Governor Jim Doyle later launched a "Declaration of Energy Independence," which set goals for the state to produce 25 percent of its energy by 2025, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and become a national leader in alternative energy research.

The PSC will issue a final order based on the Cedar Ridge decision.

For more information, see the May 9 PSC press release (PDF 23 KB) and view a copy of the order (PDF 880 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

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