University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a physical plant that uses coal. In 2009 Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle backed off a 2006 campaign promise that Stevens Point, as well as the University of Wisconsin’s Oshkosh and River Falls campuses, be energy independent by 2012 after determining it was not practical as proposed. The campuses continue to burn coal to heat and cool their buildings. The goal now is to require them to cut their carbon dioxide emissions to the level of those produced by their 2005 electricity consumption. [1]

The Sierra Club contends that the Stevens Point plant, along with the University of Wisconsin's Eau Claire, Stout, and La Crosse coal-burning plants are all in violation of the EPA’s Clean Air Act because they didn't install modern pollution controls when making plant renovations.[2]



  1. "Doyle backs off vow to make UWSP energy independent" Associated Press, December 21, 2009
  2. "UW-L rally: Burning coal isn’t cool" La Crosse Tribune, September 29, 2009

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