WEC Energy Group continues to maneuver away from coal-fired energy in its portfolio. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based utility in November gave WEC buyers extra particulars concerning the plan for Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a WEC subsidiary, to shut the Pulliam Power Plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as early as subsequent fall.
WEC subsidiary We Energies final week stated it can shut its coal-fired Pleasant Prairie plant within the second quarter of 2018. WEC additionally in 2016 signed an settlement to exchange coal items on the its Presque Isle plant in Michigan with pure gas-fired technology; Michigan regulators accepted that plan in October of this yr. That plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is operated by WEC subsidiary Upper Michigan Energy Resources.
Plans for the Pulliam plant’s eventual closure have been first introduced in October 2016, in keeping with Matt Cullen, a spokesman for WPS. The plant started service in 1927, and at one time had eight coal-fired producing items; it operates two immediately. The plant is situated on the mouth of the Fox River in Green Bay. The plant additionally features a pure gas-fired peaker unit that has operated intermittently since 2003.
Cullen in a December three e-mail to POWER stated “as soon as the 2 remaining coal-fired items on the Pulliam Power Plant are retired, we will probably be retiring 200 MW of coal-fired technology.” Cullen earlier had stated that the plant’s closure “is a part of our mother or father firm WEC Energy Group’s general efforts to reshape its technology fleet for a clear, dependable vitality future. Natural gasoline costs have been sustainably low. We’ve additionally had lowered prices, a dramatic discount in price, for renewable technology comparable to utility-scale photo voltaic and wind vitality … [and] there’s been restricted to no development in electrical energy demand by prospects.”
The Pulliam plant’s location has meant it’s house to wildlife, together with eagles and falcons. Peregrine falcons (Figure 1) have nested on the plant since 1998; WPS officers have stated they’ll work with a falcon skilled to make sure a protected relocation of nesting packing containers.
WEC in its latest third-quarter earnings report stated internet revenue for 3Q2017 was $215.four million, in comparison with $217 million for 3Q2016. The firm stated retail deliveries of electrical energy have been down 2.5% year-over-year, and residential electrical energy demand fell by four.6% year-over-year.
Gale Klappa, WEC’s chairman and interim CEO, in discussing these monetary outcomes stated “Moving ahead, we’ll proceed to achieve efficiencies throughout our producing fleet and our seven working utilities.”
—Darrell Proctor is a POWER affiliate editor (@DarrellProctor1, @POWERmagazine).
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