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NHU Customers Tour Wind Turbines

Approximately 25 New Holstein Utilities' customers toured the WE-Energies Byron wind turbines on Saturday, May 5. The tour was sponsored by EcoEnergy and NHU's power provider, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI). The purpose of the tour was to provide NHU customers the opportunity to learn more about wind energy and to get an up-close observation about the operation of wind turbines.

The two wind turbines located at the Byron site were constructed in 1999. The steel towers are 215' in height and the blades are 75'. Depending on the wind speed, each turbine can generate 660 Kilowatts (KW) of electricity. The output can supply power to up to 360 homes. The tour guides provided information regarding the siting process, wind turbine construction, and the operation of the wind turbines.

WPPI is commited to developing community-based wind power in its member communities. They are working cooperatively with potential site landowners, site neighbors, local elected officials and their member utilities on the installation of the wind turbines. EcoEnergy is the company that has been selected by WPPI to develop projects in WPPI member communities.

New Holstien has been selected as a potential site due to the consistent availability of wind in the area. The New Holstein City Council and the New Holstein Utilities Commission are supporting the project. EcoEnergy has already been granted a permit by the FAA. This permit was needed as New Holstein has a municipal airport. Commitments from the property owners have been received. The proposed sites are located between New Holstein and Chilton just off of Hwy 57 and on Irish Road.

The next steps in the process will involve receiving approvals from the Brothertown and Charlestown townships. A permit must also be granted by Calumet County. If the process progresses in a timely fashion, the wind turbines will be generating electricity by the end of 2008.

New Holstein Utilities plans to keep our customers informed of the proposed project through bill stuffers, our Local Circuit newsletter, news releases and through our web site. If you would like more information please contact our office.