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Factsheet
FAQ

Pattern Energy Wind Development LLC company that owns the assets related to our wind generation efforts located in Iowa and Lafayette Counties known as Uplands Wind. This name pays homage to the Driftless Area’s renowned and unique landscape and geological history. Uplands Wind is solely owned by Pattern Development.

Pattern Energy is one of the world’s largest private renewable energy companies, with large operating and development footprints in the United States, Canada and Japan. Headquartered in the United States, our global operational portfolio includes 28 utility-scale renewable energy facilities in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Founded in 2009 and led by a management team responsible for building more than 4.5 GW of renewable energy projects worldwide, our business is guided by a commitment to safety, serving our customers, protecting the environment, strengthening communities and creating value for our stakeholders.

We provide low-cost power to millions of people around the world, and as an industry leader with one of the most experienced teams in the business, our company is well-positioned to continue delivering high quality wind, solar, transmission and energy storage projects for years to come.

Agents in the field representing Pattern Energy Wind Development LLC are employed as direct contractors of Uplands Wind and they have been assisting us with our mission to connect face-to-face with as many landowners as possible. Connecting with landowners and beginning the process of discussing land option and easement details is an important stage for us in learning about a community – these agents are allowing us to broaden our reach and expand this process given their significant experience in Wisconsin and the Midwest in general. After temporarily pausing in-person meetings, we have resumed limited face-to-face meetings with a strict set of protective measures put in place in order to keep the community safe. Land agents will first attempt to reach out via publicly-available contact information; if they are unable to reach landowners over the phone or by email, they may make non-contact drop-offs of information packets about Pattern Energy and Uplands Wind. During any follow-up meetings, land agents are required to wear full sets of personal protective equipment.

The cost of electricity from wind energy is predictable and stable because there are no fuel costs, unlike conventional forms of energy where the cost of fuel can fluctuate significantly over time. Once a wind farm project is built, the price of electricity from the project is set for the duration of its power purchase agreement.

 

Investing in wind energy also helps us offset our use of other precious resources. Studies have consistently shown that increased use of wind energy will actually result in lower prices to consumers for natural gas – and help conserve that resource for further generations in the process.

The proposed Uplands Wind Project represents a significant investment within Iowa and Lafayette Counties. Throughout development and construction, local residents can expect to see widespread direct and indirect job creation, economic investment, and tax revenue.

The wind turbines are expected to generate energy between 80- 90% of the time on any average year, with the maximum production usually happening during the evening and morning and in winter months. Wind forecasting technology makes wind energy easier to predict and more reliable than ever before.

Electricity grids are already designed to handle variability in both demand and supply. Because of the natural variations in demand, the electric grid always has more power available than it needs in the form of spinning reserve. During a power plant outage – whether a conventional plant or a wind plant – backup is provided by the entire interconnected utility system.

No power plant operates 100% of the time. There are periods when power plants shut down for maintenance and repairs and times when resources run low or unexpected outages occur. At some conventional power plants, the entire plant may have to be shut down for repairs, whereas wind farm maintenance takes place one turbine at a time, without having to shut down the entire plant.

If there are current GPS coordinates of all drainage tiles, those would be used to assess the site before construction commences and tiles would be avoided to the greatest extent reasonable. Tiles cut or damaged during the construction process are repaired within a reasonable time frame. Drainage tiles that are affected near the turbine sites are re-routed around the foundation area.

Yes, Uplands Wind will have plans and funding set aside for decommissioning the wind farm at the end of its useful life.

Uplands Wind could potentially start construction as early as 2022 but has included an extended period in the land options to give time to work through any issues that arise during the development process. Depending on factors such as seasonal conditions and final project size and design, construction is expected to last between 1-2 years.

The development period (prior to construction of the wind farm) includes many important, necessary steps including obtaining land easements, collecting meteorological data, performing environmental studies and working through the permitting processes, to name a few. This can typically take anywhere from two to five years and even longer in some cases.

All public roads that are expected to be utilized during construction are documented and analyzed to capture the existing condition of the roadways prior to commencing construction activities. All public roads impacted by the construction of the wind farm will be returned to the same or better condition at the conclusion of construction activities. This arrangement is typically documented and memorialized through a Public Road Use Agreement with the local road engineers at both the township and county levels.

The health and safety of the public, landowners, and personnel at the Project is of utmost importance to Uplands Wind. The Project will be monitored on-site and by a remote operations center in Houston, Texas which is staffed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Uplands Wind will work closely with local permitting and zoning officials as well as the first responder community and the Project will be compliant with all applicable state and local regulations as well as siting requirements established by county ordinances.

The soil that is excavated to install the turbine foundation structure will be used to backfill the foundation and redistributed around the turbine after construction. If there is excess material that is not needed for fill on roads or other places in the project area, the soil can typically be left for the landowner to do what he/she wants with it, if the landowner desires.

Not yet. Uplands Wind is not yet seeking an offtaker for the energy produced by Uplands Wind, but will work diligently to identify the best offtake partner or partners for the energy that would be generated after the project has advanced further in its development.

Yes. The company has hired a local community liaison to be available to answer questions and address community concerns. Additionally, you can contact us at uplandswind@patternenergy.com.

For more than 40 years people have been living near more than 350,000 wind turbines operating globally and more than 50,000 wind turbines operating in North America. There is no scientific evidence indicating that wind turbines have caused any adverse health effects. Overall, health and medical agencies agree that the sound from wind turbines is not loud enough to cause hearing impairment and is not causally related to adverse effects. Scientific evidence to date does indicate that at common residential setback distances there is no direct health risk from wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise and infrasound.

Wind turbine sounds are not unique. Based on the levels and frequencies of the sounds, a multidisciplinary scientific advisory panel comprising of medical doctors, audiologists, and acoustical professionals concluded that there is no evidence the audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines have any direct adverse physiological effects. A new long-term study indicates that the human ear cannot detect infrasound.