Turbines coming by train to tract near Randolph, WI
From an article by Lyn Jerde in the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen:
Ninety wind turbines will rise in the skyline in Columbia County’s towns of Scott and Randolph next spring, but not before their components make a stop in the neighboring down of Courtland.
The County Board’s planning and zoning committee Tuesday granted a conditional use permit to allow 12 acres of a 40-acre land tract (with multiple owners) to be utilized as a staging area for the construction of We Energies’ Glacier Hills Energy Park.
Planning and Zoning Director John Bluemke said the land is being used for agriculture and must be restored to that use once construction of the wind farm is finished – but no later than Nov. 30, 2011.
In January, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, which oversees the state’s utilities, granted We Energies permission to build Glacier Hills, which is likely to be the state’s largest wind farm. Another We Energies wind farm, Blue Skies Green Fields in Fond du Lac County, has 88 turbines.
We Energies is building the wind park to increase the amount of energy it generates through renewable resources. It is expected to generate up to 207 megawatts of electricity.
Art Ondrejka, operations manager for Vestas American Wind, which will build Glacier Hills Energy Park for We Energies, said plans call for the segments of the turbines’ towers to arrive by truck from Manitowoc. Other components, including the blades and housing, will come by train from Colorado – which is why Vestas wanted a siting area with easy access to railroad tracks.