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St. Croix County wind farm project application denied by PSC

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The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin voted 2-1 on Thursday, Feb. 14, to deny an application of Highland Wind Farm, LLC, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 102.5 megawatt (MW) wind electric facility in the Towns of Forest and Cylon in St. Croix County.

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The action, however, does not mean the project is dead.

The majority commissioners noted that a clearer record and a better demonstration that noise from the wind turbines would not exceed commission standards was needed before making a decision to approve the project.

Commissioners told Highland Wind Farm, LLC, representatives that the company will be able to reapply if an improvement to modeling and additional information is presented in a subsequent application.

In December of 2011, Highland filed an application with the commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a new wind electric generation facility.

The project would have included the construction of up to 44 wind turbines, with an electric generating capacity of up to 102.5 megawatts.

Since the application was received, the commission granted requests to intervene in the proceeding to Clean Wisconsin, Forest Voice, Inc., RENEW Wisconsin, and the Town of Forest, and granted intervenor compensation requests to Clean Wisconsin and Forest Voice.

The commission held multiple technical hearings in Madison; held public hearings in the project area; and accepted expert and public comments online and via U.S. mail.

All documents, testimony, and comments submitted in the proceeding are available to the public at the PSC web site, http://psc.wi.gov, by entering docket number 2535-CE-100 in the Electronic Regulatory Filing System.

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