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Hope for winning bids in Wisconsin

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Wind power developers are expected to be among the winning bidders when utilities Wisconsin Electric Power and Alliant Energy choose from among the companies that responded to their requests for renewables. Both utilities are negotiating with developers, says Michael Vickerman of Renew Wisconsin, an environmental organisation. The utilities are working to meet the provisions of the state's Reliability Act, which requires the four utilities in eastern Wisconsin to add a total of 50 MW of renewable resources (Windpower Monthly, May 1998). Wisconsin Electric and Alliant Energy (formerly Wisconsin Power & Light) earlier issued requests for proposals for up to 86 MW of renewables. Wisconsin Electric sought 75 MW and Alliant Energy asked for 11 MW. A wind project will be among the winners in both cases, says Vickerman. Details of the bids are expected at the end of this month.

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