The Bent Tree wind farm has the potential to produce up to 400 megawatts (MW) of emissions-free energy, which is enough to power around 100,000 homes.

WPL filed an application for authority to construct the Bent Tree wind farm with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) in June 2008. WPL also filed a Site Permit application and a Certificate of Need application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) in June 2008. WPL expects both the PSCW and MPUC to issue their rulings on the applications by mid 2009.

A decision regarding the development of the wind farm’s additional 200 MW has not yet been made. Pending all regulatory approvals, WPL anticipates 200 MW of the Bent Tree Wind Farm will be in commercial operation by the end of 2010. The 200 MW project will cost around $425 to $475 million, excluding allowance for funds used during construction.

Bent Tree wind farm is expected to be WPL’s second fully owned and operated wind farm. Cedar Ridge Wind Farm, a 68 MW wind farm in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin began commercial operation in December 2008 as the company’s first owned and operated wind farm.

“We are extremely pleased that the sale has closed and we can focus our attention on completion of development and the start of construction later this year,” said Barbara Swan – president WPL.