News from Wisconsin… Interesting times… info has surfaced that Florida Power and Light has done an about face and is now working on a deal with WP&L, and it seems their deal is premised on approval, by Minnesota’s PUC, on the Bent Tree wind project!  Oh, now that’s interesting!  And it’s no secret — it’s in the Wisconsin State Journal!

To find the docket on Bent Tree Certificate of Need (docket 08-573) or Siting (docket 07-1425) go to:

Click on blue button eDockets & eFiling;

Then go to Search Documents;

then search for docket 08-573 or 07-1425.

And yes, guess who’s in the middle of this one – for Safe Wind for Freeborn County:

Notice of Appearance – Amy Wasson

Notice of Appearance – Carol A. Overland

Are we having fun yet?  It’s before the PUC on Thursday, March 19, 2009, to determine whether there will be a Contested Case in the Certificate of Need docket and the Siting docket.

PUC Staff Briefing Papers

MOES Comments 3-11-09

Here’s the article from the Wisconsin State Journal:

WPL pushes deal to increase its wind power

Wisconsin State Journal

THU., MAR 12, 2009 – 7:30 PM
Wisconsin Power & Light is poised to boost its investment in wind power — if state regulators approve the Madison utility company’s plan to develop the Bent Tree wind farm in southeastern Minnesota.

WPL has a tentative agreement with NextEra Energy Resources, a Juno Beach, Fla., subsidiary of FPL Group, to buy power from NextEra’s wind farm in Crystal Lake, Iowa. It calls for 100 megawatts a year for 25 years with an additional 100 megawatts from the same location for one year.

As part of the deal, WPL could obtain rights from NextEra to build a wind farm in Green Lake, about 70 miles northeast of Madison. “We don’t have any plans, at this point, when or if or how we would develop that site,” said Rob Crain, spokesman for WPL parent, Alliant Energy. “But certainly, we view it as a quality site … that provides us with flexibility down the line.”

NextEra had objected to WPL’s Bent Tree proposal, saying WPL should instead buy power from Crystal Lake. “As the case proceeded, we (decided) it didn’t have to be an either-or scenario,” Crain said.

He said the agreement with NextEra could be one piece of WPL’s alternative to a proposed power plant at Cassville. The state Public Service Commission rejected plans in late 2008 for the 300-megawatt, mostly coal-fired generator with up to 20 percent of its fuel from waste agricultural products, saying the proposal was too costly and would create too much pollution.

WPL also is considering small, biomass-only power plants, Crain said, as well as turning a natural gas-fired power plant used now just for peak times into a combined-cycle plant that uses waste heat to create additional energy.

But the wind deal with NextEra hinges on the PSC’s approval of Bent Tree, Crain said. That project would cost up to $475 million and could produce up to 200 megawatts of electricity when the wind is blowing at an optimum rate, enough to power 50,000 homes.

The PSC is expected to act on the plan by this summer.

Leave a Reply