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Consumer groups sue PSC over proposed MN wind farm

Two consumer groups have sued a Wisconsin panel over the way it approved a large wind energy farm in Minnesota.

The Public Service Commission recently OK'd a plan by Wisconsin Power and Light to create wind turbines in south central Minnesota that would generate 200 megawatts of electricity.

But the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group and the Citizens Utility Board said the PSC should have done a more thorough review, even though the turbines would not be in Wisconsin.

The groups said the Badger State has a huge stake in the project, because Power and Light customers would pay much of the $0.5 billion price tag.

The commission has not commented on the lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County.