Wind projects scheduled for service before end of 2010

Posted on November 28, 2010. Filed under: Wind |

From Michael Vickerman’s testimony on We Energies’ request to build a biomass generation plant in Rothchild. He responds to an earlier witness’ assertion that “It is far from certain that wind generation should be considered a readily available source of renewable generation in Wisconsin.”

Q. What is the purpose of your testimony?
The purpose of my testimony is to address the issue of whether a wind project could be built in Wisconsin and placed in service before the end of 2012. . . .

The projects that have received permission from local governments to proceed are listed in and are highlighted in purple. That exhibit is the latest
S12.4 iteration of an ongoing RENEW initiative to track proposed projects involving utility-scale wind turbines. The projects in this group range in Exhibit 12.1 size from single-turbine installations up to 99 megawatts. . . .

The level of technology, financial and regulatory risks associated with this group of wind projects is very low. Turbine capacity factors are increasing, due to taller towers and larger rotor diameters of the newest turbine models. The most recent installation in Wisconsin, the Shirley Wind project near Green Bay, consists of eight turbines with 100-meter rotor diameters on 100-meter towers. The trend toward taller towers and longer blades will continue in 2011 with the Glacier Hills and Cashton Greens projects. Vestas America will supply both projects with turbine models larger than the V-82s operating in Blue Sky Green Field and Cedar Ridge. Several developers in this group, such as Horizon, E-Wind and Emerging Energies, have access to the very large wind turbines coming into the market in increasing quantities.

Q. Are you aware of any projects in this group that have received clearance from the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) to proceed?A. I do know that Horizon Wind’s Quilt Block, the largest project in this group, has acquired an Interconnection Agreement from MISO. I do not know about the other projects in this group. . . .

If Horizon were to install wind turbines at Quilt Block equipped with rotor diameters of 100 meters or more, project output would average over 300 million kWh annually.


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