Wisconsin Commission Approves State's Largest Wind Farm
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) approved construction of the Horicon Marsh Wind Power Plant on July 8. Located in Fond du Lac County about 40 miles northwest of Milwaukee, the new wind farm will be rated at 200 megawatts (MW). This is enough to supply the electricity needs of 72,000 families. Currently there is 53 MW of wind generating capacity in Wisconsin, so this plant will significantly increase the amount of electricity generated from wind energy.
Noting that Wisconsin spends more than $9 billion importing fossil fuels from out of state, PSC Commissioner Mark Meyer said, "The project is a landmark step to meeting our energy needs, protecting our environment, and fueling our economy with in-state dollars." PSC publishes online documents related to the ruling under docket number 9300-CE-100.
Source: July 8 edition of the American Wind Energy Association's Wind Energy Weekly.