Dairyland’s renewable portfolio exceeds 2015 requirements

LA CROSSE, WI— An annual review of Wisconsin utilities yielded kudos to Dairyland Power Cooperative regarding the wholesale power supplier’s steady and substantial increase in renewable energy generation and purchases. Approximately 12 percent of Dairyland Power’s electricity sales come from renewable sources of energy.

The Wisconsin Utility Regulation Report was released on Sept. 28, 2012. The report, which reviewed year 2011, notes that the renewable energy provided by Dairyland to its Wisconsin member cooperatives increased “dramatically from 2010 to 2011, and has now achieved a level that exceeds its 2015 requirements.” The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandates that all Wisconsin utilities reach the target of 10 percent renewable generation or investment by year 2015.

“As a cooperative utility, we will continue to make prudent investments in renewable energy,” said Brian Rude, Dairyland Vice President, External and Member Relations. “Diversifying our generation mix with a variety of renewable options, such as wind, hydro, animal waste-toenergy, biomass and solar, has been and will continue to be a key part of our power supply plans.”

Most recently, Dairyland announced it is purchasing the excess energy output from a new solar photovoltaic installation at the City of Galena (Ill.) Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility is interconnected with Jo-Carroll Energy (Elizabeth, Ill.), a Dairyland member cooperative.