May 2 Wisconsin Power and Light, a unit of U.S.
power company Alliant Energy Corp, said Thursday it
received oral approval from Wisconsin regulators to upgrade
emission control equipment at Unit 5 of the Edgewater coal-fired
power plant in Wisconsin.
The utility said it expects to begin construction at the
407-megawatt (MW) unit in 2014 and place the emission control
equipment in service in 2016.
Alliant said the project would cost about $410 million and
is expected to create as many as 400 jobs during peak
The three units at the 787-MW Edgewater plant are located in
Sheboygan, about 110 miles (177 km) northeast of Madison, the
Wisconsin state capital.
Alliant has said it plans to shut the 70-MW Unit 3 at
Edgewater by the end of 2015 and either convert to natural gas
or shut the 308-MW Unit 4 by the end of 2018. Unit 3 entered
service in 1951, Unit 4 in 1969 and Unit 5 in 1985.
Since 2009, U.S. power companies have announced plans to
shut or convert over 50,000 MW of coal-fired plants over the
next several years as low natural gas prices have made it
uneconomic to upgrade the equipment at some older and less
efficient units to meet increasingly strict federal
Pending a written order from the Public Service Commission
of Wisconsin, Alliant said it will install a scrubber and
baghouse system at Unit 5. That system will reduce sulfur
dioxide emissions by about 90 percent and significantly reduce
fine particulate matter.
Wisconsin Power and Light provides power to about 460,000
customers and natural gas service to about 180,000 customers in