We Energies Wind Energy Project to Use Alliance of Wisconsin Firms

The wind power project is expected to generate more than 400 million emission-free kilowatt hours annually – enough to power 45,000 homes.

The construction alliance will include The Boldt Company of Appleton, Michels Corporation of Brownsville and Edgerton Contractors, Inc. of Oak Creek.

"Developing the Glacier Hills Wind farm through this home-state construction alliance will benefit Wisconsin’s economy while achieving a low cost approach to generating more energy from renewable resources," said Rick Kuester, executive vice president of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the parent of We Energies. "The project will be built with the talents of these Wisconsin companies and local craft labor."

Kuester said the company is pleased that the Wisconsin content of its Glacier Hills Wind Park will be substantial. "Providing benefits to Wisconsin businesses is important to We Energies and to our customers," he said.

Vestas Wind Systems said has received an order from We Energies for 81 wind turbines for the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Wisconsin.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin issued approval for the project on Jan. 22, 2010.

We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. Our electricity prices are well below the national average. We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC) .