Alliant Energy breaks ground on company’s first owned and operated wind farm
Cedar Ridge Wind Farm is latest step toward a green energy future for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), broke ground this morning on the Cedar Ridge Wind Farm – the company’s first fully owned and operated wind farm. Once complete, the site will produce enough energy to power at least 17,000 homes.
“This is an important day for Alliant Energy and our customers as we continue to strive to meet the increasing demand for “green” energy,” said Bill Harvey, President and Chief Executive Officer for Alliant Energy.
The Cedar Ridge Wind Farm will cover a 12.2-square mile area in the townships of Eden and Empire in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Forty-one Vestas wind turbines will dot the landscape - generating approximately 68 megawatts of electricity. A community learning center and educational kiosk are also planned, to allow people from around Wisconsin to get an “up-close” look at the wind farm.
“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.
The Cedar Ridge Wind Farm is the latest example of Alliant Energy’s commitment to renewable energy choices. Building on an already-robust renewable portfolio, the company plans to add an additional 400 megawatts of wind power to its portfolio by the end of 2010. In addition, the proposed expansion of the Nelson Dewey Generating Station, in Cassville, Wisconsin, is being designed with the capability to burn renewable resource fuels, such as wood, corn stover, or switchgrass.
“The challenge is to balance providing affordable energy to our customers and utilizing new technologies to reduce our impact on the environment and getting on a path to a greener future,” said Barbara Swan, President – Wisconsin Power and Light.
Construction will be done in phases, beginning with the installation of turbine access roads, foundations and the substation this fall. 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.
To learn more about the Cedar Ridge Wind Farm project, please visit: www.alliantenergy.com/cedarridge.
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