Wisconsin Power Reconsiders Wind Farm Investment

NAW Staff, Thursday 26 April 2007 - 01:00:00

Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WP&L,) a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., recently received an oral decision from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) on its application for fixed financial parameters and advance rate-making principles for its proposed Cedar Ridge Wind Farm.

Cedar Ridge Wind Farm, the first generating facility application in Wisconsin filed in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 Wisconsin Act 7, is a proposed 60 MW to 99 MW project located in Fond du Lac County. According to WP&L, Act 7 allows Wisconsin utilities to request that the PSCW establish, in advance, the principal financial terms and conditions that will apply irrevocably to a new electric generating facility. In its oral decision, the PSCW proposed an authorized return on common equity rate of 10.5%.

"We are disappointed in the terms of the PSCW's decision on ROE [return on equity] and we believe that the decision today is contrary to the intention of Wisconsin Act 7 to encourage investment in new generation, including renewable energy," comments William D. Harvey, Alliant Energy's chair, president and chief executive officer. "WP&L will review the final order and communicate whether or not it intends to make the investment in accordance with the terms and conditions of the PSCW's Act 7 decision."

WP&L adds that the commission's decision on the Certificate of Authority application to construct the Cedar Ridge Wind Farm is expected in May.


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