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Minn. wind farm approved for Madison-based utility

Published On: Jul 11 2012 08:49:28 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2012 03:20:21 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said state regulators approved a Madison-based utility's plans for a Minnesota wind farm under the proper statutes.

The Citizens Utility Board and the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group contended the state Public Service Commission incorrectly approved Wisconsin Power & Light's plan to build a massive wind farm north of Albert Lea under the wrong statutes.

The groups argued the PSC improperly approved the farm under a certificate of authority rather than a certificate of public convenience, which would have required a more stringent review.

Justice Patience Roggensack wrote in the majority opinion Wednesday that the PSC's finding that a public convenience certificate applies only to projects within Wisconsin was reasonable.

The consumer group's attorney, Kira Loehr, didn't immediate return a message.

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