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PSC set to vote on Glacier Hills

By Paul Snyder

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is expected to vote Monday afternoon on approving We Energies’ proposed Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County.

If approved, the estimated $413 million wind park would include 90 turbines spread throughout the towns of Randolph and Scott and generate 162 megawatts of energy. Both towns have already signed development agreements with We Energies, and the shared revenue is expected annually bring in $162,000 to Randolph, $108,000 to Scott and $378,000 to Columbia County.

Other companies are also trying to generate cash from the project.

Chicago-based Invenergy LLC in November petitioned the PSC in its review of Glacier Hills to make We Energies sign a purchased power agreement with Invenergy to buy power off its proposed 100-turbine farm near Green Bay.

Invenergy argued the deal could generate money for its project and We Energies would get further toward its state-set goal of generating 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

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