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Wisconsin Energy to buy wind farm in Monfort

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MONFORT - Wisconsin's largest electric utility will spend $27-million-to buy an existing wind farm in the southwest part of the state.

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Wisconsin Energy, the parent of We Energies, has agreed to buy the Montfort Energy Center near Montfort in Grant County. Next-Era Energy Resources of Florida currently owns the facility. It opened 11 years ago, and it now has 20 turbines that provide enough power for about nine-thousand homes.

WE Energies' CEO Gale Klappa says the wind farm will deliver positive benefits for both customers and shareholders. It will also help the utility meet its state-mandated requirement to produce eight-and-a-quarter percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015.

The Montfort site produces about 30 megawatts of electricity. Wisconsin Power-and-Light has bought four-and-a-half megawatts, and We Energies is getting the rest. The Power-and-Light deal expires in 2021.

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