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Wisconsin to install Tacke two 600 kW

Two 600 kW Tacke wind turbines from Canada are expected to be installed in northern Wisconsin by September 1, says Jayme VanCampenhout of Wisconsin Public Service. The demonstration project is to receive $75,000 from the Electric Power Research Institute under the institute's turbine verification programme. The plant is being erected near De Pere in the northeast of the state by four utilities, Wisconsin Electric, Wisconsin Power & Light, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service. The chosen turbine model, supplied by the Canadian subsidiary of Tacke Windtechnik of Germany, is the TW600e, Tacke's cold weather package, because of the area's frigid winters. They will also be on 60 metre towers and with a 46 metre rotor diameter. The utilities had originally contracted with Kenetech Windpower to install two low speed turbines, but after the company sought bankruptcy protection another supplier had to be found. In 1992 state regulators had ordered the utilities to demonstrate state-of-the-art wind technology.

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