Wisconsin Commits to Wind Siting Reform
When they are used to operate a motor at the precise speeds needed, drives save up to 60 percent of the energy motors consume. On September 30 at the New Berlin campus of one Wisconsin-based drives manufacturer, that state’s governor, Jim Doyle signed wind siting reform legislation. The bill calls for the creation of uniform siting standards for wind energy projects.
“This setting is extremely appropriate for the formal signing of this bill today,” Governor Jim Doyle said. “You can see right next to us here electrical equipment being made that is critical to wind power producers that are creating energy from sites here in the state.” Doyle signed the bill, following a brief introduction from ABB managers.
“The focus of this business, throughout the 27 years in this state, has been on creating automation equipment and solutions that deliver ever-increasing energy efficiency and productivity to process industries and commercial facilities throughout North America,” noted Rick Hepperla, when introducing the governor to employees. Hepperla, the regional manager of Automation Products, North America, for ABB, said these solutions include producing an array of products and solutions for all types of energy producers. “We are seeing interest in the alternative energy sector skyrocket,” he said.
A host of guests attended the event, including state representatives, senators, and interested parties from associations and businesses. All of the 400 employees from the campus were invited to the address and signing ceremony. The ABB campus manufactures thousands of drives, and sells motors, each week for use in a host of industrial and commercial applications, including those for OEMs of solar and wind energy.