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Wisconsin Power and Light  plans upgrades at river stations

Madison (AP) — Wisconsin Power and Light plans to make improvements at electricity-generating dams on the Wisconsin River.

The upgrades are planned at the Prairie du Sac and Kilbourn hydroelectric stations. Both plants were built in the early 1900s.

The first stage calls for adding several hundred tons of soil at the Prairie Du Sac station’s embankment. That portion of the project is expected to cost $600,000 and wrap up in November. Work began this week.

Wisconsin gets share of federal renewable energy project grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday $62.5 million in loans and grants for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The money, from the Rural Energy for America program, will help finance 705 projects.

Eleven Wisconsin renewable developers secured money under the program:

  • All Trades Farms LLC, $20,000
  • Artic Supply Inc., $18,951
  • Fountain Chateau LLC, $12,270
  • Freedom Solar LLC, $14,505
  • Ganske’s Bed-N-Biscuit LLC, $20,000
  • Gerald J. Kuehn, $16,072
  • Gregory White, $20,000
  • Kran Enterprises LLC, $17,430
  • Leibfried Farms Inc., $38,830 grant and $38,830 loan
  • Seven Seeds Farm, LLC, $16,153
  • Terry Lee Birling, $20,000

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