High Country Energy, LLC, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Announce Agreement...

Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:36pm EDT

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High Country Energy, LLC, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Announce
Agreement on Wind Farm Purchase

MINNEAPOLIS, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- High Country Energy, LLC, and
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC), a subsidiary of Integrys Energy
Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), announced today that WPSC has signed a letter of
intent to acquire a 150-Megawatt (MW) portion of the High Country wind
project. The High Country Wind Energy Park, located in Dodge and Olmsted
counties, Minnesota, is planned to include a total of over 300 MW's.
    "This development and sale of the first phase of the High Country Energy
project is a very positive opportunity for our local community," says Patrick
Pelstring, co-chair of National Wind. National Wind is a minority owner and
the managing member of High Country. "We are excited to work with a successful
and respected utility such as WPSC on this project. A sale of a portion of
this project helps diversify High Country Energy's income stream and adds to
the overall scale of the project, making it more competitive. The majority of
the proceeds from the sale will remain within the community."
    WPSC expects to complete construction on the project in a timeframe
coinciding with the timeline set by the Midwest Independent System Operator
(MISO) for transmitting the electricity. With the increases in renewable
energy in our region, we have to be 'in line' at MISO to get our energy into
the system," said WPSC General Manager for Renewable Resources Charlie
Severance. "In partnership with High Country, we are planning to immediately
initiate the permitting and transmission processes. We anticipate we will have
the answers we need in the next two years and construction will start once the
interconnection schedule is firmed up."
    National Wind, LLC, partnered with the community to form and capitalize
High Country Energy, LLC, early in 2007. This project sale is only one part of
High Country Energy's project portfolio, which will consist of additional
phases that will be developed in the coming years. Additional phases are
expected to be developed and financed by High Country so the community can
realize the additional long-term economic benefits of a wind development.
    "At WPSC, we are committed to the communities we serve and dedicated to
helping them improve their local economies," says Severance. "For this reason,
we are excited to work closely with High Country Energy and the local
landowners, helping them build an economically viable project for their
community. The wind power generated from this project will help us secure an
important competitive and efficient energy resource for our growing customer
base in Wisconsin."
    The High Country Energy Wind Park is situated on more than 70 square miles
of agricultural land in eastern Dodge and western Olmsted counties, near the
border of the two counties. As proposed, this first phase will include an
estimated 100 turbines, providing up to 150 MW's of capacity, or enough energy
to power 44,000 homes. The energy from this first project phase will be
delivered to WPSC's service territory, consisting of a large portion of
northeast and central Wisconsin and a small part of Upper Michigan.
    Forward-Looking Statements
    This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. You can identify these
statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or
current facts and often include words such as "anticipate," "expect,"
"intend," and other similar words. Forward-looking statements are beyond the
ability of Integrys Energy Group to control and, in many cases, Integrys
Energy Group cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ
materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements. Please see
Integrys Energy Group's periodic reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (including its 10-K and 10-Qs) for a listing of certain
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
contained in forward-looking statements.
    About High Country Energy:
    High Country Energy, LLC, is a Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED)
company located in southeastern Dodge and southwestern Olmsted counties in
Minnesota. Our company exists to develop and produce wind energy projects
which are sustainable, generational and environmentally responsible. The
company's financial commitment is to assure a majority of the financial
benefits are shared with its local stockholders, area land owners and the
surrounding community. Please visit http://www.highcountryenergy.com for more
    About Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC):
    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is an investor-owned electric and
natural gas utility headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It serves
approximately 433,000 electric customers and 314,000 retail natural gas
customers in residential, agricultural, industrial, and commercial markets, as
well as wholesale customers. The company's service area includes northeastern
and central Wisconsin, as well as an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan.
Information is available online at http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com.
    About National Wind, LLC:
    National Wind, LLC, is the leader in developing utility-scale
(50 megawatts or more) community wind energy projects. We form powerful
community wind energy partnerships with property owners, assuring that a
project's economic benefits remain in the community. National Wind and its
subsidiary, Wind Energy Developers, LLC, have participated in the development
of 15 wind energy projects and currently have over 3,000 megawatts in
development. National Wind projects are located in Minnesota, Iowa, North
Dakota and South Dakota, and the company is exploring expansion opportunities
in other states. Please visit http://www.nationalwind.com for more
SOURCE  Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

Erin Edholm, Director of Communications of High Country Energy LLC,
+1-612-746-6646, Cell, +1-952-221-5075, eedholm@nationalwind.com; or Kerry
Spees, External Affairs of Wisconsin Public Service Corp., +1-920-433-1589,
Cell, +1-920-639-1463, kaspees@integrysenergygroup.com
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