Wisconsin Power and Light Company Breaks Ground at Cedar Ridge Wind Farm

October 29, 2007

Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) broke ground last week on the 68-megawatt (MW) Cedar Ridge Wind Farm. The facility is expected to produce enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

Forty-one Vestas wind turbines will be dispersed across a 12.2-square mile area in the townships of Eden and Empire in Fond du Lac County, about 70 miles northwest of Milwaukee. WPL is also planning to build a community learning center and educational kiosk to allow visitors to get an up-close look at the wind farm.

Construction will be completed in phases, beginning with the installation of turbine access roads, foundations, and the substation. Turbine erection, assembly, and commissioning, along with public road improvements and cabling will take place in 2008. The wind farm is expected to be online by the end of 2008.

Cedar Ridge is WPL's first fully owned and operated wind farm. WPL is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation.

"Today's groundbreaking is a step forward in Governor Doyle's efforts to move Wisconsin into a position to be a leader in alternative energy and to get a handle on global climate change," said Matt Frank, secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, Wisconsin passed Act 141 to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use. The law calls for the state's utilities to produce 10 percent of Wisconsin's electricity from renewables by 2015, encourages government agencies to improve energy efficiency, and strengthens the state's energy efficiency programs. Governor Jim Doyle later launched a "Declaration of Energy Independence," which set goals for the state to produce 25 percent of its energy by 2025, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and become a national leader in alternative energy research.

For more information, see the WPL October 25 press release.

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