Unit 2 of Wisconsin Energy coal plant expected back online soon

Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC) affiliate We Energies expects to return a coal-fired power unit back to service within days after a fire and explosion that occurred Jan. 25.

“We had a fire and small explosion within the coal silo which feeds Unit 2 of our newer Oak Creek Expansion Plant on Sunday afternoon,” a company spokesperson said in a Jan. 26 email to GenerationHub. The newest coal unit at the company’s Oak Creek, Wis., location are also sometime referred to as the Elm Road units.

“The silo is designed with exhaust vents in the event of a situation like this and they operated properly and safely without further incident,” the spokesperson added. “No employees were injured and electric service was unaffected.”

Unit 2 is expected to be back online later this week. Unit 1 is still running. “We continue to investigate what caused the fire,” said the Wisconsin Energy spokesperson.

Unit 2 is expected to be back online later this week. Unit 1 is still running. “We continue to investigate what caused the fire,” said the Wisconsin Energy spokesperson.

Various news accounts said the fire occurred Sunday afternoon at around 1:30 p.m. and was put out by 4 p.m.

The Oak Creek generating site is comprised of two power plants: Oak Creek power plant and Oak Creek Expansion Units 1 and 2 (also called Elm Road 1 and 2). The Oak Creek generating station site occupies 1,000 acres of land on the shore of Lake Michigan, 20 miles south of Milwaukee, according to a Wisconsin Energy website.

 

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