Wisconsin Public Service Commission will not reconsider wind power project decision

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has declined to review its denial of a permit for the Highland wind farm in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, according to a report from the Wisconsin Radio Network. The project, which is expected to cost around $250 million, is being developed by Emerging Energies.

The commission had originally denied a construction permit for the 102.5 MW wind power project in mid-February because of concerns about noise produced by the turbines. Emerging Energies filed an emergency request to reconsider the decision last week, stating that the turbines could have their power reduced or turned off when conditions would cause the turbines to exceed noise standards.

Emerging Energies had asked for reconsideration because it plans to bid for a power purchase agreement with Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), which has announced it will seek proposals for up to 200 MW of wind power resources by April 1.

The commission is expected to issue its final order this month, after which Emerging Energies will have 30 days to request a hearing.

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