Nelson Dewey Generating Facility

From Global Energy Monitor

Wisconsin Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, has proposed a 300 MW coal plant at its existing Nelson Dewey facility in Cassville, near the Mississippi River. The plant would utilize circulating fluidized bed technology; 10% of fuel burned at the plant would be biomass.[1]

On June 5, 2007 – for the second time that year – the state Public Service Commission (PSC) sent back Alliant’s permit application, asking for more information on air emissions and other environmental issues. On Dec. 20, 2007, the PSC accepted Alliant’s application as complete; a decision on the application is expected by the end of 2008.[2]

In May, 2008, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cassville plant. The EIS identified several serious impacts that would be caused at the Cassville location, including damage to the bed of the Mississippi River, harm to a rare species of mussels, and potential destruction of a 20-acre forest.[3]

The company has proposed an alternate site for their plant in Portage, Wisconsin.[4] According to the Sierra Club, a plant built at this location "would also have several negative environmental impacts, including posing a threat to the habitats of several endangered or threatened species."[5]

In November 2008, state regulators voted unanimously to reject the plant, citing concerns about global warming as well as the plant's $1.3 billion price tag, which had ballooned almost 60 percent from 2007 due to rising construction costs. The PSC noted that the likelihood of future regulations on carbon emissions will make it difficult for any new coal plant to be built in Wisconsin.[6]

Project Details

Sponsor: Wisconsin Power & Light (Alliant Energy)
Location: Cassville or Portage, Wisconsin
Capacity: 300 MW
Type: Circulating fluidized bed
Projected in service: 2013
Status: Cancelled

Financing

Citizen Groups

Resources

To find the proposed coal plants in a state, click on the map.

(Note: There are no proposed coal plants in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.)

<us_map redirect="Category:Proposed coal plants in {state}"></us_map>

References

  1. Alliant Proposes 300-MW Coal Unit in Wisconsin, Reuters UK, February 7, 2007.
  2. PSC Accepts Alliant's Coal Plant Application, Capital Times, December 21, 2007.
  3. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed June 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  4. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed June 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  5. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed June 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  6. PSC rejects Alliant Energy's proposed coal plant," Journal Sentinel, November 11, 2008.

Related SourceWatch Articles

Category:Existing coal plants in AlabamaCategory:Existing coal plants in AlaskaCategory:Existing coal plants in ArizonaCategory:Existing coal plants in ArkansasCategory:Existing coal plants in CaliforniaCategory:Existing coal plants in ColoradoCategory:Existing coal plants in ConnecticutCategory:Existing coal plants in DelawareCategory:Existing coal plants in FloridaCategory:Existing coal plants in GeorgiaCategory:Existing coal plants in HawaiiCategory:Existing coal plants in IdahoCategory:Existing coal plants in IllinoisCategory:Existing coal plants in IndianaCategory:Existing coal plants in IowaCategory:Existing coal plants in KansasCategory:Existing coal plants in KentuckyCategory:Existing coal plants in LouisianaCategory:Existing coal plants in MaineCategory:Existing coal plants in MarylandCategory:Existing coal plants in MassachusettsCategory:Existing coal plants in MichiganCategory:Existing coal plants in MinnesotaCategory:Existing coal plants in MississippiCategory:Existing coal plants in MissouriCategory:Existing coal plants in MontanaCategory:Existing coal plants in NebraskaCategory:Existing coal plants in NevadaCategory:Existing coal plants in New HampshireCategory:Existing coal plants in New JerseyCategory:Existing coal plants in New MexicoCategory:Existing coal plants in New YorkCategory:Existing coal plants in North CarolinaCategory:Existing coal plants in North DakotaCategory:Existing coal plants in OhioCategory:Existing coal plants in OklahomaCategory:Existing coal plants in OregonCategory:Existing coal plants in PennsylvaniaCategory:Existing coal plants in Rhode IslandCategory:Existing coal plants in South CarolinaCategory:Existing coal plants in South DakotaCategory:Existing coal plants in TennesseeCategory:Existing coal plants in TexasCategory:Existing coal plants in UtahCategory:Existing coal plants in VermontCategory:Existing coal plants in VirginiaCategory:Existing coal plants in Washington StateCategory:Existing coal plants in West VirginiaCategory:Existing coal plants in WisconsinCategory:Existing coal plants in WyomingCategory:Existing coal plants in DelawareCategory:Existing coal plants in MarylandCategory:Existing coal plants in New HampshireCategory:Existing coal plants in New JerseyCategory:Existing coal plants in MassachusettsCategory:Existing coal plants in ConnecticutCategory:Existing coal plants in West VirginiaCategory:Existing coal plants in VermontCategory:Existing coal plants in Rhode IslandMap of USA with state names.png
About this image


External links