Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), a Sun Prairie, Wis.-based regional power company that serves 48 customer-owned electric utilities, expects to be six years ahead of schedule in meeting the state's requirement that at least 10% of electricity purchased by retail customers in the state be supplied from renewable sources by 2015.
The company expects to meet the 2015 requirement by 2009 as a result of the planned addition of more than 150 MW of capacity from a number of renewable resources, including power from a 54 MW wind farm in Dodge County that is expected to go online in 2008. Additional resources include power from the Top of Iowa wind facility near Kensett, Iowa, that WPPI purchased from a subsidiary of Midwest Renewable Energy. The purchase will add 50 MW of wind energy to WPPI's portfolio. (See ‘MGE Will Build And Own 30 MW In Iowa.’)
‘We are pleased to add these renewable resources to WPPI's diverse power supply portfolio,’ says Peter Steitz, WPPI's senior vice president, power supply. ‘Not only will the additions substantially increase the amount of renewable energy in our resource mix, they will also help to stabilize future power costs for our member utilities.’