Wisconsin co-op to close Genoa coal plant in 2021

Wisconsin co-op to close Genoa coal plant in 2021

first_imgWisconsin co-op to close Genoa coal plant in 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享La Crosse Tribune:Dairyland Power Cooperative will close its coal-fired station in Genoa by the end of 2021 — a move that will halt 50 years of continuous operation at the site and put about 80 people out of work.Dairyland CEO Barbara Nick said the age and inefficiency of the station, and the company’s plans to build a $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, are the primary reasons for the closure.In recent years, Dairyland officials developed a Sustainable Generation Plan meant to phase out coal and ramp up the use of renewable energy sources, while minimizing the harm to employees and communities.Chief among these efforts is the construction of the $700 million Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a joint venture with Minnesota Power. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved the project last week, and Dairyland officials said the Superior-based plant could open as soon as 2025.Nick said the project’s recent momentum gave Dairyland “the added confidence” to retire the Genoa station and continue its shift toward cleaner energy.The Sierra Club, which has frequently criticized Dairyland for not embracing renewable energy fast enough, praised the decision to close the Genoa station but questioned the merits of the planned Nemadji plant.[Kyle Farris]More: Dairyland to close coal-fired Genoa plant; 80 workers to lose jobslast_img

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