Alliant asks to build wind farm in MN to supply power for WI

Posted on June 7, 2008. Filed under: Wind | Tags: |

A story in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Wisconsin Power & Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp. of Madison, filed an application Friday with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for a wind farm in Minnesota.

The Bent Tree Wind Farm, near Albert Lea, Minn., in Freeborn County just north of the Iowa border, has the potential to produce up to 400 megawatts of power for about 100,000 homes in Wisconsin.

The application seeks approval for a $450 million to $475 million project to develop approximately 200 megawatts of power beginning in 2009. The wind farm would be commercially operational by 2010, WPL said. A decision regarding the development of the wind farm’s additional 200 megawatts has not been made.

WPL expects the PSC to issue a ruling on the application later this year and will file later this month a siting application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

If approved, it would be WPL’s second fully owned and operated wind farm. The 68-megawatt Cedar Ridge Wind Farm in Fond du Lac is scheduled to begin operating at the end of this year, the company said.


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