May 18, 2011

Alliant passes on local wind farm

Aaron Becker, Reporter, 18 May 2011

Alliant Energy has decided not to pursue a significant wind-turbine farm near Green Lake.

In 2009, the utility company bought development rights from NextEra Energy Resources for a region around the Green Lake-Fond du Lac county line, with the idea of a possible wind farm in the future.

If developed, it may have accommodated about 60 turbines. But this month, the company announced it nixed that idea.

“We’re essentially discontinuing those development rights,” Alliant Energy spokesman Steve Schultz said.

This means Alliant has taken a $5 million loss – the cost to purchase the rights.

This cannot be recouped via utility charges. It just goes down as a loss, he explained.

The decision also means the wind energy rights to that area now are fair game for any other company, Schultz said.

It’s not out of the question that another company may be or become interested, as Alliant previously had noted the Green Lake area as having a “strong wind regime,” thanks in part to Big Green. Read the full story in the May 19 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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