Wisconsin regulators approve Superior natural gas plant

The project still needs numerous permits and a further review by Minnesota regulators.

Wisconsin regulators on Thursday approved Minnesota Power`s $700 million natural gas plant for Superior.

In a 2-1 vote, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin OK`d the Nemadji Trail Energy Center`s certificate of public convenience and necessity.

The approval moves Duluth-based Minnesota Power`s plan to build the plant with La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative forward on a plot of land between Enbridge Energy`s Superior terminal and the Nemadji River. The power plant will be capable of producing between 525 and 625 megawatts of power.

"This is very significant for the (Nemadji Trail Energy Center) project in Superior," Julie Pierce, Minnesota Power`s vice president of strategy and planning, told the News Tribune. "We received the approval from the Public Services Commission that this is the right site and it`s in the public interest for having it in Superior, Wisconsin."...

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Ken Notes:Several articles on this covering the same ground. I believe this gas project will replace some coal and supplement solar, wind and other renewables. I believe this project will be one of the most closely monitored in the nation and will have to set new standards for emissions and pollution reductions. If that is the case we should move quickly to remove all coal fired facilities in the state, expand our use of solar and wind, and I would love to se us move quickly into biogas on larger CAFO`s in the state.

I wonder if this facility could use biogas from digested manure, I continue to advocate turning lemons into lemonade...



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