Dairyland Power projects 2.8 million ton coal burn in 2014

Dairyland Power Cooperative is projecting a coal burn of nearly 2.8 million tons in 2014, with the JP Madgett plant leading the way with 1.4 million tons, according to figures that Dairyland filed Sept. 30 at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

The filing was a preliminary projection of SO2 emissions for the cooperative, which relates directly to the coal burned and in what quantity. Notable is that the coal-fired Alma Units 1-3 were retired in March 2012 and are not included in these projections.

The coal burn projections for 2014 by unit and plant are:

  • Alma Unit 4 (45 MW net), 18,619 tons;
  • Alma Unit 5 (69 MW net), 41,787 tons;
  • Genoa Unit 3 (317 MW net), 809,630 tons;
  • JP Madgett (391 MW net), 1.4 million tons; and
  • Weston Unit 4 (153 MW net, Dairyland share of unit), 511,723 tons (Dairyland share).

Dairyland said the coal supplier for Alma 4 and 5 in 2014 would be “Signal Peak,” which is a reference to Signal Peak Energy and its longwall-equipped mine in Montana. The coal suppliers for Genoa 3 and JP Madgett would be Arch Coal’s Black Thunder and Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle strip mines, both in the Wyoming end of the Powder River Basin. And the coal suppliers for Weston 4 would be Black Thunder, North Antelope Rochelle and Cloud Peak.

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