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First, the Weston Power Plant, owned by Wisconsin Public Service, is on the list. Second, the report’s recommendations are unrealistic and leave out an obvious solution.
The Weston Power Plant is actually four-plants-in-one. There are four coal-fired boilers on the site. The oldest, (Weston One) which dates back to 1954, is also the smallest in terms of power generation. The newest (Weston Four) was completed in 2008 and generates about 6-times as much power as the oldest boiler.
To lump the Weston Power Plant into one combined unit for an environmental report on smokestack emissions is deceptive. During periods of normal demand, the Weston 4 boiler generates most of the electricity. It has the most modern environmental technology and, if it was a stand-alone facility, would be one of the cleanest coal-fired plants in the country. Recall that environmental-friendly governor Jim Doyle personally streamlined the DNR and PSC review processes to get the permits in place for the facility, and proudly posed for pictures at the ribbon-cutting. Generally the cleaner, more modern 3 and 4 boilers carry most of the weight at the plant. The futures of the 1 and 2 boilers are uncertain because of new emissions standards.
The research report wants all of the five dirtiest plants
phased out. Their solutions: wind and solar. Neither are adequate replacements
for coal-powered energy. Some parts of
What The Wisconsin Environment Research and
Nuclear plants replace coal fired plants almost one-to-one. Energy forecasts that omit nuclear as an option are simply not realistic.