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Madison utility plans second wind farm

 

Madison (AP) – A utility said it plans to build a second wind farm in Wisconsin   to satisfy customer demand for renewable energy.

 

Madison Gas and Electric said Monday it will ask for proposals for construction   of a wind farm that would produce at least 10 megawatts of electricity — enough   to light more than 3,500 homes.

 

The company has nearly 4,500 ratepayers, or 3.6 percent of its customers, who   pay up to $20 a month extra to cover the higher cost of wind-power generation,   said Greg Bollom, MG&E assistant vice president of energy planning.

 

“Our initial target is to get to 5 percent,” he said.

 

The company has a waiting list of customers wishing to participate in the program.

 

The utility hopes to start operating the wind farm in late 2004. It opened   its first wind farm in 1999 in Kewaunee County, where it operates 17 wind turbines   that generate 11.2 megawatts of electricity.

 

Quarry Quest is Saturday

 

Quarry Quest is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Michels Materials   Quarry, 700 Tullar Road, Neenah.

 

Admission to the family event and fund-raiser for children’s charities is $7   for those 13 and up, $5 for those 3 to 12 and free for those under 3. Children   17 and under will not be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

This year’s event includes rides on giant haul trucks, front-end loaders, towering   cranes, excavators and Hummers. Other activities include Cooking Up a City,   a look at how to make concrete, Prospecting for Fool’s Gold, a chance to sift   through sand for nuggets of pyrite, and Shake, Rattle & Roll, screening   crushed stone into material stockpiles.

 

Sponsors for the event include Michels Materials, Miron Construction Co. Inc.   and FABCO Equipment. Additional information on the event is available at www.quarryquest.com.

 

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