Wisconsin regulators approve Minnesota Power’s proposed natural gas power plant

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission (PCSW) on Thursday approved the Nemadji Trail Energy Center to be built in Superior by Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that allows Minnesota Power and Dairyland to move forward with plans for the 525- to 625-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas power plant. The Sierra Club immediately criticized the decision, arguing natural gas is not a good replacement for coal.

As part of Wisconsin’s regulatory process, the project must still obtain approval for necessary permits from the city of Superior, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

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