Wisconsin utility customers to pay for wind farm in Minnesota

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: Wind |

From an Associated Press story on WSAW-TV:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a wind farm in southern Minnesota that would be paid for by Wisconsin utility ratepayers.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday said Wisconsin Power & Light Co.’s project can be built just north of Albert Lea in Freeborn County. The utility received a permit for a 200-megawatt wind farm, which is the first phase of what officials hope will eventually become a 400-megawatt project.

Some residents had asked the commission to delay a decision until proceedings on a Minnesota Department of Health report were complete. The report explored how wind turbines could affect the health of people living near them.


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