The Dairyland Power Cooperative has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America's planned Quilt Block wind farm in Wisconsin. The 49-turbine project is expected to have a total capacity of 98 megawatts. "This is a significant addition to our renewables portfolio," said Dairyland CEO Barbara Nick.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has ruled that wind turbines do not have a negative impact on human health. The report found no conclusive evidence of health problems caused by turbines. "I have been stating this for three years, but it's difficult because we are dealing with people's feelings," said Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller.
Supervisors in the Wisconsin towns of Sherman and Holland unanimously voted that EEW Services' wind power proposal was incomplete because it fell short of meeting local and state requirements. EEW could resubmit an amended plan or file an appeal with the state Public Service Commission if it believes that the towns overstepped their authority in rejecting the application.
The Department of the Interior announced the approval of one utility-scale wind project and two solar projects that when completed will have a combined capacity to power 340,000 homes. The projects are Duke Energy's 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project in Searchlight, Nev., NextEra Energy's 750-MW McCoy Solar Energy Project near Blythe, Calif., and EDF Renewable Energy's 150-MW Desert Harvest Solar Farm near Desert Center, Calif.
Dominion Resources' Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin will shut down on May 7, the company said. Dominion said in October that it would close the facility after it was unable to find a buyer. "[T]he existing decommissioning trust funds for KPS are adequate to fund estimated license termination (radiological decommissioning), spent fuel management, and site restoration costs," Dominion said.