Wisconsin Wind Information Center
Local Wind Application Filing Requirements
Wisconsin Administrative Code § PSC 128.50(1) requires the Commission to establish detailed application filing requirements for wind energy system applications filed for political subdivision review. These local wind application filing requirements are available below and contain a detailed description of the information required to satisfy the filing requirements for applications under Wis. Administrative. Code § PSC 128.30(2). The Commission may revise these requirements as necessary, and any revisions will be posted here on the Commission’s website.
- Wind Energy Systems Less Than 100 MW Application Filing Requirements (Sept. 2012)
For specific questions about the application filing requirements for wind projects less than 100 MW please contact Marilyn Weiss (608) 266-1613, Marilyn.Weiss@wisconsin.gov.
Update: Wind Siting Rules Take Effect in Wisconsin
Effective March 16, 2012, new wind energy systems in Wisconsin are subject to a statewide rule (PSC 128) promulgated by the Public Service Commission. PSC 128, which establishes standards for local government review of wind energy systems, was suspended by the Legislature on March 1st, 2011, the very day it was to have taken effect. From its effective date forward, local governments may not impose standards or restrictions on the placement and use of wind energy systems that are stricter than what is set forth in the siting rule. PSC 128 became operative when the Wisconsin Legislature adjourned without taking any final action on bills to repeal the rule outright. See http://psc.wi.gov/renewables/windSitingRules.htm.
The contents of PSC 128 have not changed at all since the agency finalized the rule back in December 2010. A rule once suspended cannot be suspended again by a future Legislature. The rule is available for public inspection at http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/psc/128.pdf.
A future Legislature may repeal an agency rule, either in whole are in part. However, such an undertaking would be considerably more challenging than a rule suspension, which requires only a simple majority vote of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules. The next legislative session will convene in January 2013.
See ongoing public information and background documents on Wisconsin Wind Siting Rule development Page (PSC Docket 1-AC-231)
Wisconsin Wind Farms
For more information see overview
|#||County||Wind Project Name/Owner||Start Date||No. of Turbines||MW|
Galactic Wind Farm
Organic Valley Cooperative + Gundersen Lutheran
DEGS Wind I, LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation
|6||Fond du Lac||"Cedar Ridge"
WI Power & Light
|7||Fond du Lac||"Blue Sky
|8||Dodge/Fond du Lac||
Next Era Resources
WI Public Service
|12||Fond du Lac||"Byron"
Wisconsin Wind Farm Productivity Comparable to Iowa’s
2010 Net Production by Wind Generation Installations
|Utility||Wind Project||State||Capacity (in MW)||Output (in MWH)||Capacity factor|
|WI Public Service Corp.||Crane Creek||IA||99||271,539||0.3131|
|WI Power & Light||Cedar Ridge||WI||67.65||178,005||0.3004|
|Madison Gas & Electric||Top of Iowa 3||IA||29.7||70,415||0.2706|
|WI Electric Power Co.||Blue Sky Green Field||WI||145.2||326,880||0.2570|
*All of the wind projects listed contribute to the utilities’ required supply of renewable energy a specified under 2005 Act 141.
Suspended or Cancelled Windpower
Projects in Wisconsin
(as of October 28, 2011)
|Town (County)||Developer||MW||Turbine type||Status||Name|
|Midwest Wind Energy||98||Unspecified||Project suspended March 2011||Stony Brook|
|Glenmore, Holland, Morrison, Wrightstown (Brown)||Invenergy, LLC||150||GE 1.5 MW
|Project cancelled March 2011||Ledge Wind|
|Green Lake||Alliant Energy||100 - 150||Unspecified||Project cancelled May 2011||N/A|
|Chilton, Rantoul (Calumet)||Acciona Wind Energy USA||50 - 75||Acciona 1.5 MW||Project cancelled September 2011||EcoMet|
|Hazel Green, Smelser, Paris (Grant)||Wind Capital Group||98||Unspecified||Project on hold||White Oak|
|Mishicot, Two Creeks, Two Rivers (Manitowoc)||Element Power||160||GE 1.6 MW||Project on hold||Tisch Mills|
|Mishicot (Manitowoc)||Emerging Energies||17.5||Nordex 2.5 MW||Project on hold||Beautiful Hill|