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County to discuss wind farm

Published 8:23am Monday, November 4, 2013

The county board is doing its part to bring a 100-turbine wind farm to Mower County.

The county board will host an environmental assessment scoping meeting for the transmission line for the Pleasant Valley Transmission Project during its Tuesday board meeting.

The board is meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Mower County Government Center.

The Mower County board unanimously agreed Oct. 8 to be the permitting authority for a substation and transmission line for the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm project near Dexter, Sargeant and into Dodge County for a second time after previous permits expired.

In December of 2010, The board approved three substations and two transmission lines for the then 300 MW wind farm developed by RES Americas — it was the final permitting the project needed before construction.

Then the project stalled, in part because of uncertainty about whether Congress would renew the federal wind production tax credit — a key subsidy for wind energy. Eventually, Congress extended the credit for a year.

In July, Excel Energy announced its intentions to buy the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm once it’s completed, but the project has undergone a bit of a makeover. The original plan called for a 300 MW wind farm of 130 to 180 turbines. The agreement with Xcel calls for a 200 MW wind farm of 100 2 MW turbines over 35,000 acres — 88 in Mower County and 12 in Dodge County.

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