PSC Approves Construction of State's Largest Wind Farm
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/12/2010
In an oral decision on Monday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved Wisconsin Electric Power Company's request to construct a new wind electric generation facility in Columbia County,
capable of producing up to 207 megawatts at a cost between $335 million and $435 million. WEPCO filed an application two years ago with the PSC for permission to build the Glacier Hills Wind Park in
the towns of Randolph and Scott in the northeast part of Columbia County to help meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements. Wisconsin law requires the state to produce 10 percent of its electric
energy from renewable sources by 2015.
Depending on the type of wind turbine selected, each of the 90 Glacier Hill units will have an electric generating capacity between 1.5 MW and 2.3 MW.
"When built, Glacier Hills will be the largest wind farm in Wisconsin," said Chairperson Eric Callisto. "Today's action will not only provide the state with a facility that will increase the capacity of generation
from wind by 30 to 46 percent, but also will allow the utility to provide needed renewable and low-carbon energy to meet future RPS requirements."
The PSC made their decision after soliciting comments and held hearings on the project during the past year.
Construction on the Glacier Hills Wind Park is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2010 with projected completion late 2011.