Wind farm work nears; giant blades, cranes, equipment starting to arrive

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Economic development, Energy independence, Jobs, Wind | Tags: , , |

From an article by Lyn Jerde in the Portage Daily Register:

A blaze-orange sign on Highway 33 just west of Cambria says “Utility Work Ahead.”

What an understatement.

Starting May 23, the skyline in the northeast Columbia County towns of Scott and Randolph will undergo a transformation, as 90 electricity-generating wind turbine towers, each about 400 feet tall from the ground to the highest blade tip, start to go up, and up, and up – forming what is likely to be the largest wind energy operation in Wisconsin.

Columbia County’s highway safety committee Friday got a taste of what’s to come when Glacier Hills Energy Park starts to take shape. Parts for the tower legs, which look like giant-size tubes, could start arriving by truck as soon as this Friday, said Michael Strader of We Energies.

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.

Until sometime in December, the towers will go up at the rate of about one a day, Strader said.

The parts of the towers will be trucked in from Manitowoc, and the blades, cells and hubs will arrive by rail from Colorado. Some of the blades are already here, on land beside the railroad tracks in the town of Courtland, which was set aside as the staging area for the wind farm’s construction with authorization in November from the County Board’s planning and zoning committee.


Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


    A statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies and practices in Wisconsin.


    Subscribe Via RSS

    • Subscribe with Bloglines
    • Add your feed to Newsburst from CNET
    • Subscribe in Google Reader
    • Add to My Yahoo!
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • The latest comments to all posts in RSS


Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: