Wisconsin PSC Approves Wind Project, Doubles the State's Wind Power
On January 25, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) approved construction of the Blue Sky Green Field Wind Project, doubling the amount of wind energy approved for operation in the state. The ruling is part of an effort to produce 10 percent of all electricity sold in the state from renewable energy sources by 2015.
The wind farm will be located on 10,600-acre site in the towns of Calumet and Marshfield in Fond du Lac County. We Energies, developer of the project, says it will generate up to 203 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Each of the 88 wind turbines will have between 1.5 and 2.3 MW of capacity. The project’s total capacity could power about 45,000 residential homes. It will be connected to the state's transmission system through the new Cypress Substation in Marshfield.
Last year Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed Act 141 into law, which calls for 10 percent of all electricity sales in Wisconsin to be from renewable energy by 2015. Currently, about 4 percent comes from renewables. The law was based on the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables. The new law also calls on state government agencies to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewable energy.
We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.