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With the help of the Midwest Independent System Operator, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPSC) - a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group - is exploring its options to purchase or develop a wind farm in the Midwest with a capacity of 100 MW.

WPSC says it is contemplating purchasing a similar amount of energy from a new or existing wind farm, but would prefer to have a stake in ownership of the facility so it could have more control over the project. According to the company, wind energy is the most viable option, but it will also consider solar, biofuel and other renewable energy projects.

"We'll certainly keep looking at all of the renewable options, including distributed customer-owned renewable energy generators such as digesters, but we need the certainty of a large resource to generate significant renewable energy to meet RPS [renewable portfolio standard] requirements within four to five years," says Rob Benninghoff, WPSC's public service director, renewable and special projects.

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