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Power Supplier Adds Wind Power

Sun Prairie-based WPPI, the wholesale power supplier to three dozen community-owned utilities in Wisconsin, including New Richmond Utilities, will own two of four wind turbines slated for construction this spring in southwest Minnesota, near Worthington.

“Adding wind power as a renewable resource has been a priority for WPPI,” President and CEO Roy Thilly said. “This project will benefit the environment and be a key component of our renewable energy program.”

WPPI will team with Missouri River Energy Services for construction of the wind-powered units, expected to come online by July.

The two wind turbines will generate 1.8 megawatts of nonpolluting electricity, enough to power about 600 average-sized households.

The clean output from the turbines will be made available to WPPI members and their retail customers as part of the power company’s renewable energy program. Introduced last fall, the program provides customers of its member utilities with an opportunity to purchase all or a portion of their electricity each month from renewable sources.

WPPI’s renewable power portfolio also includes electricity generated at a refurbished, low-impact hydroelectric plant near Black River Falls in western Wisconsin, as well as the output from high-tech microturbines located in several of its member communities that convert methane gas from wastewater treatment plants into a renewable source of energy.