Tyler Huebner, Executive Director
Last week WPPI Energy announced it will purchase the output from a large 132 megawatt wind project in Illinois. With this planned addition of a new source of wind energy to its generation portfolio, WPPI Energy will strengthen its position as a low-cost provider of clean energy to its 51 member municipal utilities, 41 of which are located in Wisconsin.
Along with its previously announced solar addition in Manitowoc County, WPPI Energy will be providing over 20% renewable energy to its customers when these projects are completed.
RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director Tyler Huebner released the following statement:
“We commend WPPI Energy for partnering with Invenergy to expand its supplies of clean, affordable wind energy. Wind energy is the lowest-cost way to produce wholesale power here in the Midwest. We encourage other Wisconsin electricity providers to follow WPPI Energy’s example of adding wind and solar to their generation mix.”
Situated in Henry County southeast of Rock Island, Illinois, the new wind project will supply WPPI Energy with about 450 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year when it is placed in service next year. The 66-turbine, 132-megawatt project will be owned by Invenergy, a Chicago-based wind developer, which also owns the 86-turbine, 129-megawatt Forward Energy Center south of Fond du Lac.
The companies’ press release can be found at: https://wppienergy.org/News/NewsItem?item=50.
RENEW Wisconsin leads and accelerates the transformation to Wisconsin’s renewable energy future through advocacy, education, and collaboration. More information on RENEW’s web site at www.renewwisconsin.org.