WPS PROPOSES 200 MW OF SOLAR

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) and WEC Energy Group (WEC), through its Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) subsidiary, recently announced plans for a partnership on two major solar projects in Wisconsin. MGE, WPS and project developers, Invenergy, and NextEra Energy Resources, filed applications today with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the two Wisconsin projects.

Combined, the utilities would own a total of 300 megawatts (MW).  “This is another step forward as we move toward a more sustainable energy future and deep decarbonization,” said Jeff Keebler, MGE president and CEO. “These projects align with MGE’s short- and long-term carbon reduction goals. If approved, we look forward to the opportunity to grow cost-effective, clean energy to reliably serve our customers into the future.”

“Investing in these solar projects is the first step in our overall plan to add solar capacity to our generation portfolio and save WPS customers more than $100 million over the economic lives of the projects, as compared to projected prices in the power market,” said Gale Klappa, CEO of WPS.

WPS would own 200 MW and MGE 100 MW of the combined output at two locations. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm would be located in southwestern Wisconsin in Iowa County, near the villages of Montfort and Cobb, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville. WPS would own 100 MW and MGE would own 50 MW of Badger Hollow. The project is being developed by Invenergy, North America’s largest privately held renewable energy company based in Chicago, Illinois. The Two Creeks solar project would be located in the Town of Two Creeks and the City of Two Rivers in northeastern Wisconsin, near the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant. WPS would own 100
MW and MGE would own 50 MW of Two Creeks. The project is being developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC based in Juno Beach, Florida.

The total cost of both projects is expected to be approximately $390 million. If approved by the end of 2018, construction of both projects is expected to begin by spring 2019. Commercial operation of both projects would begin by the end of 2020.

WEC ENERGY GROUP HONORED FOR PUERTO RICO POWER RESTORATION

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has presented WEC Energy Group with the association’s
special 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for its contributions to the emergency power
restoration mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The devastating Category 4
hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico September 20, 2017.

Foxconn Project Prompts We Energies to Move up Plans for Natural Gas Upgrades

WE Energies plans to accelerate its plans for natural gas upgrades to accommodate the Foxconn development in Racine County. A $140 million natural gas project is planned for the area around Foxconn, WEC Energy Group chairman and chief executive officer Gale Klappa announced on May 1.

“Our natural gas project is another source of reliability to existing customers in southeast Wisconsin,” said Amy Jahns, spokeswoman for We Energies. “This project was planned prior to the Foxconn announcement. We recently accelerated our timetable for this project to coordinate with the Wisconsin DOT road work being planned for the area near Foxconn.”

Wisconsin Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of WEC doing business as We Energies, submitted plans this week to the state Public Service Commission for a nearly $32 million project to install 8.8 miles of distribution main primarily along Highway KR from Meachem Road to a little more than three-quarters of a mile west of Interstate 94.

WEC ENERGY GROUP RECOGNIZED FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Several WEC Energy Group employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in research and development. The majority of the group was honored for an innovative project to prevent bat fatalities at We Energies’ BlueSky Green Field Wind Energy Center. During the first-of-its-kind project, the team deployed smart technology on several wind turbines. The technology included acoustic devices that could detect bats in the area. The bat data, along with weather information, were then entered into a predictive model that continuously evaluated the risk of bat activity near the turbines. Wind farm operators could use the data to decide when to curtail operation.

LEVERETT CONTINUES HIS RECOVERY

We Energies executive Allen Leverett, who had suffered a stroke in October 2017, is in good physical condition and continues making progress in his recovery and rehabilitation work according to company CEO Gale Klappa.

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