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Operating Wisconsin Wind Farms
(Projects are listed in order of commercial operation)
Interactive Wisconsin Wind Projects Map, Source: Kansas Energy Information Network, February 2014.
Wisconsin Wind Projects Map, (PDF, 405 kb) Source: Kansas Energy Information Network, February 2014.
Nebraska Wind Projects, now with it's own page.
Map of Existing and Proposed wind projects in Kansas (PDF-447 kb), Source: Kansas Energy Information Network, February 2014.
Glenmore Wind Farm
Town of DePere, Brown County, Wisconsin - This small project was the first utility scale wind project in Wisconsin and one of the first in the Upper Midwest (after a couple projects on Minnesota's Buffalo Ridge). The two-turbine project, totaling 1.2 MW consisted of two Tacke 600e wind turbines. Tacke was later purchased by Enron Wind, which became GE Wind.
This project is owned by Wisconsin Public Service and installed by local contractors and a team of Tacke technicianson a cold January day in 1998 (See photo's, ©Scott White, 1998). The project was part of the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Low-wind speed project, where the wind speeds in various low-wind speed settings were studied to determine the effect of the local climate on the technology.
These turbines were dismantled in September 2012 due to increased maintenance and difficulty obtaining replacement parts. (October 2012)
Lincoln Wind Farm
Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin - This project consists of fourteen (14) Vestas V47, 600 kw wind turbines that came on-line in June 1999. The project has an installed capacity of 9.2 MW and was added by Wisconsin Public Service to comply with 1997 Wisconsin Act 204. (October 2012)
Rosiere Wind Farm
Towns of Lincoln and Red River, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin - This project consists of seventeen (17) Vestas V47, 600 kw wind turbines that came on-line in June 1999. The project has an installed capacity of 11.2 MW and was added by Madison Gas & Electric to comply with 1997 Wisconsin Act 204. (October 2012)
Byron Wind Farm
near Byron, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin - This project is located along the Niagara Escarpment in Eastern Wisconsin and includes two Vestas model V47-660 wind turbines and a capacity of 1.3 MW. The turbines came on-line in 1999. The average wind speed at this site is about 14 m/s (meters/second) and as of October 2007, the turbines operated at about a 26% capacity factor. (October 2012)
Montfort Energy Center
Iowa County, Wisconsin - This project was built in 2001 by FPL Energy (now NextEra Energy Resources). The project is located along the Military Ridge in SW Wisconsin and has a capacity of 30 MW. Power from the 20 Enron (GE) 1.5 MW turbines was purchased by Alliant Energy (4.5 MW).
In November 2012, it was announced that the Wisconsin PUC
approved the purchase of Montfort by the
Corporation from NextEra Energy Resources for
$27 million. Wisconsin Energy Corp. is the owner of
WE Energies, a
Wisconsin electric utility. (Photo Credits: Aerial photograph
© Bill White,
2012; Winter photograph © KEIN, 2008).
Cedar Ridge Wind Farm
Towns of Eden and Empire, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin - This 67.65 MW project was developed by Midwest Energy and sold to Alliant Energy - Wisconsin Power & Light (WPL) in 2006, which still owns it. The wind farm consists of 41 Vestas V82, 1.65 MW, wind turbines and became operational in December 2008. (October 2012)
Blue Sky Green Field Wind Farm
Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin - This project features 88 Vestas V82 (1.65 MW) turbines and has a capacity of 145.2 MW. Navitas Energy originally developed this project, which is now owned and operated by WE Energies. Like several other Wisconsin wind farms, this one is also located on the Niagara Escarpment. (October 2012)
Butler Ridge Wind Farm
Dodge County, Wisconsin - This 54 MW project is located in Dodge County along the Niagara Escarpment, a ridge that runs from Ontario, Canada through Wisconsin into Northern Illinois. The project, originally developed by Midwest Wind Energy and acquired and taken through construction by Babcock & Brown, coming on-line in September 2008. In 2009, the 36 GE 1.5 MW wind turbine project was acquired by NextEra Energy Resources. RES Americas handled construction on the project. Part of the output from this project is sold to Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (October 2012)
Forward Wind Farm
Dodge & Fond du Lac Counties, Wisconsin - This 129 MW project was developed and still owned by Invenergy Wind of Chicago. The project came on-line in May 2008 and consists of 86 turbines spread over 12,000 acres. The total capacity of the project is 129 MW with 27.6 MW purchased via PPA by Alliant Energy and some is purchased by Madison Gas & Electric. (October 2012)
Shirley Wind Farm
Town of Glenmore, Brown County, Wisconsin - Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC developed the 20 MW Shirley Wind project in rural Brown County. The 8 turbine project features Nordex 2.5 MW turbines on 100-meter towers - the biggest in the state and amongst the tallest in the U.S. The project is now owned by Duke Energy and came on-line in December 2010, supplying power to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. In October 2014, the Brown County Board of Health declared this wind farm to be a "Human Health Hazard", due to "Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise" after several neighbors fell ill and vacated their homes. (October 2014)
Glacier Hills Wind Farm
Towns of Randolph and Scott, Columbia County, Wisconsin - This project consists of 90 Vestas V90, 1.8 MW turbines for a total capacity of 162 MW. According to WE Energies, the project was constructed by an alliance of Wisconsin-based alliance companies, including The Boldt Company of Appleton, Michels Corporation of Brownsville and Edgerton Contractors, Inc. of Oak Creek.
This wind farm was originally developed by FPL Energy (now NextEra Energy Resources), but is now owned by WE Energies, which also uses the power. The project came on-line on Dec. 20, 2011 - a very good day! (October 2012)
Cashton Greens Wind Farm
Monroe County, Wisconsin - While neighbor Minnesota has created and championed the concept of "community wind", the Badger State has finally got on board with the Cashton Greens Wind Farm, a joint project of Organic Valley brand foods and Gundersen Health System's Envision Program. This project is small, at 5 MW, but will offset all energy use at Organic Valley's Cashton distribution plant and LaFarge headquarters and will put Gundersen Lutheran on the path toward their goal of 100% energy independence. The two companies used WES Engineering Inc. to help study and develop the project. Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis. handled the construction of the project, while Gundersen and Organic Valley own the two-turbine, $10.5 million project, which is located next to Organic Valley's Cashton distribution plant off Hwy. 27.
The project utilizes 2.5 MW turbines on 100 meter towers. Four years of meteorological data and three months of SODAR data were used to justify the taller towers. The additional 20 meters over the typical 80 meter towers are expected to yield an additional 10% of energy annually. (October 2012)
Galactic Wind Project
Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin - The Galactic Wind project is a six-turbine, 9.9 MW project that will be located around eleven miles north of Epic Systems' Verona Campus, near the towns of Martinsville and Springfield Corners. The medical records company will use the power from the wind farm to off-set energy consumed on their campus. Vestas V-82 wind turbines with 80 meter hub height and 82 meter rotor diameter will be used for this project, which is slated to be operating by December 2012. (November 2012)
Proposed Wisconsin Wind Projects
Ledge Wind Energy Center Project
Brown County, Wisconsin - This project was planned for southern Brown County by Invenergy Wind of Chicago. Original plans were for a 100 turbine, 150 MW project, but the project was killed in March 2011 due to regulatory uncertainty created by the state's political climate at the time. (October 2012)
Ridgeview & Prelude Windfarm proects
Brown County, Wisconsin - The Ridgeview Wind project contains six turbine locations which were submitted to the FAA for an obstruction review in Oct. 2012 each of which came back with a "determination of no hazard to air navigation". The applications were filed by a Ridgeview Windfarm LLC out of Green Bay. In March 2011, seven turbine locations were filed with FAA as part of the Prelude wind farm, filed from the same address as Ridgeview in Green Bay. These projects are located in close proximity to each other. (February 2014)
Dane County Wind Energy Center Project
Dane County, Wisconsin - WES Engineering Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, is developing a small project in Dane County just south of Springfield Corners. In September 2012, several potential turbine locations were submitted to the FAA for an obstruction review, each of which came back with a "determination of no hazard to air navigation". This project may or may not be different than the Galactic Wind project noted above. (January 2013)
Quilt Block Wind Farm Project
Lafayette County, Wisconsin - Horizon Wind Power (now EDP Renewables) of Spain with an office in Houston, TX, is developing a small project in Lafayette County east of Shullsburg. In March 2011, 72 turbine locations were submitted to the FAA for an obstruction review. (October 2012)
Monroe County Wind Project
Monroe County, Wisconsin - Invenergy Wind of Chicago was investigating a 75 MW project in Monroe County with an on-line date of 2009. It's not known by KEIN whether this project is still viable. (February 2014)
Manitowoc County Wind Projects
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin - At least one project has been proposed for Manitowoc County. Navitas Energy, which appears to no longer be in the wind energy business. This project was sold in 2008 to Babcock & Brown who later went bankrupt. In May 2011, Element Power of Minneapolis submitted multiple turbine locations to the FAA for an obstruction review for the Tisch Mills wind project. It's not clear if these projects are still viable. (February 2014)
Beautiful Hill Wind Farm Project
Town of Mishicot, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin - EEW Services, LLC of Hubertus, Wisconsin, is developing a seven-turbine, 9-12 MW project in Manitowoc County just northeast of the city of Mishicot. Six turbines are planned for the Town of Mishicot and one turbine for the Town of Two Rivers. In May 2012, several potential turbine locations were submitted to the FAA for an obstruction review, each of which came back with a "determination of no hazard to air navigation". Like many wind projects in Wisconsin, this project has created a fair number of opponents. (March 2013)
Highland Wind Farm Project
Towns of Forest and Cylon, St. Croix County, Wisconsin - Emerging Energies of Wisconsin LLC has proposed a 41 turbine, 102.5 MW project in this northwest Wisconsin county. The proposed project has divided the community, which has spurred the opposition to organize against it. In early 2013, the Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected the Emerging Energies application and later appeal for a permit to construct the project. However, in September 2013, the PSC reversed course and approved the project after the developer was able to demonstrate their ability to meet noise standards. (September 2013)
Windy Acres Wind Farm Project
Towns of Holland and Sherman, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin - EEW Services, LLC of Hubertus, Wisconsin, is developing a four-turbine, 9-12 MW project in Sheboygan County just east of the the town of Adell and Wisconsin Hwy 57. In May 2012, several potential turbine locations were submitted to the FAA for an obstruction review, each of which came back with a "determination of no hazard to air navigation." Apparently, there is considerable opposition to this project. (January 2013)
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