The state Public Service Commission on Friday turned down an emergency request from developers of the proposed Highland wind farm in northwest Wisconsin for the three-member panel to reconsider its preliminary rejection of the project, two weeks ago.

The PSC voted 2-1 against reconsideration of the 44-turbine wind farm in St. Croix County that could produce up to 102.5 megawatts of electricity.

That does not close the door on the project, though.

The commission is expected to issue its final order in mid-March on the application to build the Highland wind farm. After that, project developers will have 30 days to ask the PSC for a rehearing. They also will be able to appeal to the circuit court to reverse the decision.

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