Madison Gas & Electric in Wisconsin has begun work on roads and foundations for its 11 MW wind farm in Kewaunee County after clearing a final siting hurdle. Two further turbines near the town of Lincoln were approved after officials cleared up a question about how the land was classified, says the utility's Jeff Ford. Initially, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service Co encountered opposition from residents worried about issues ranging from interference with TV transmission to lower property values. In response the county held a number of public meetings to gather input and educate people about wind power. Last month Wisconsin Public Service was still seeking approval for two of the 14 turbines for its 9 MW wind farm. The other 12 were approved last month. The company may add turbines close to some of those that have been approved, or it may continue to pursue its desired siting pattern, rejected earlier, says the company. The utilities are working to meet the provisions of the state Reliability Act, which requires the four utilities in eastern Wisconsin to add a total of 50 MW of renewables.
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