Wisconsin municipal plans to replace power plant cooling tower

Cumberland Municipal Utility on March 16 filed a notice of intent with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that it plans to replace a badly-deteriorated wooden cooling tower at its power plant dating back to 1962.

The proposed replacement tower would be a Marley NC Steel type. The gross cost of the project is estimated at $500,000. The municipal utility noted that it will size the new cooling tower with possible future generating capacity in mind. The tower will be used by multiple diesel generators at the site. The project is due for construction in the August-November 2015 period.

This venerable plant dates back over 100 years. Currently it consists of eight units with a total of about 20 MW of capacity, with three of the larger units firing natural gas. All of the units, including the gas units, are currently classified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as “Emergency Use Only.” They are currently accredited in the Midcontinent ISO pool through Dairyland Power.

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