Alliant looks for new uses for to-be-retired coal plant site in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy‘s (NYSE: LNT) Wisconsin utility has formally begun the process of evaluating future options for the coal-fired Nelson Dewey Generating Station site in Cassville, Wis.

On Jan. 5, the company issued a solicitation of interest (SOI) to seek qualified parties who want to acquire the up to 130-acre Nelson Dewey site. The eventual purchaser would gain title to the property after the power plant is decommissioned and other required regulatory actions are taken at the site.

“While Alliant Energy has received several informal inquiries regarding the reuse of the property since we announced the plant’s retirement, it’s now time to start the formal process of finding a new owner,” said Maria Lauck, Alliant Energy’s Regional Director of Generation Operations. “Finding a buyer who will reuse the site in a way that has a positive impact for the community is important to us and provides the most benefit for all our customers.”

Alliant Energy is encouraging SOI respondents to outline a future site use that places a priority on quality jobs and tax base, and generates direct and indirect spending within the area. The Nelson Dewey property is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. The site is primarily zoned industrial and includes a barge unloading dock and Burlington Northern Santa Fe double track rail nearby.

In July 2012, Alliant Energy announced its plans to retire the Nelson Dewey station by Dec. 31, 2015. The coal-fired plant has been in operation for over 50 years.

Interested parties wishing to receive more information regarding the Nelson Dewey site should review the Solicitation of Interest, which includes a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement. Statements of Interest and Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreements must be submitted by Jan. 26. Alliant Energy has retained Concentric Energy Advisors to manage the SOI process. The SOI may be found on Concentric’s website, ceadvisors.com, as well as Alliant Energy’s website, alliantenergy.com/nelsondeweysite. Inquiries regarding the SOI should be directed to Carrie O’Neill, Senior Project Manager, Concentric, (508) 263-6250, nelsondeweysite@ceadvisors.com.

Currently, the Nelson Dewey facility consists of two coal-fired boilers of 100 MW apiece. According to a Wisconsin Power and Light consent decree with the U.S. EPA the utility is required to retire both boilers by Dec. 31, 2015.

Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light, utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Wisconsin utility is based in Madison, Wis., and provides electric service to 460,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 180,000 customers in more than 600 communities across central and southern Wisconsin. 

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.