Wisconsin PSC schedules hearings on 650-MW Riverside combined-cycle project

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin said in a Sept. 16 notice that will hold hearings in November and December on an application of Wisconsin Power and Light for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity on a 650-MW, gas-fired plant at its Riverside Energy Center in Rock County, Wisconsin.

There will be a Nov. 17 public hearing at the Beloit Old Courthouse in Beloit. On Dec. 21 the commission will receive evidence from the parties and commission staff in the Amnicon Falls Hearing Room, at the Public Service Commission Building in Madison. All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later than Dec. 18.

Wisconsin Power and Light (WP&L) is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) and supplies electricity to much of southern Wisconsin. WP&L’s project would include a new, 650-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility built at one of two sites on the existing WP&L Rock River Generating Station property next to the existing WP&L Riverside Energy Center combined-cycle generating plant and the retired WP&L Rock River Generating Station. The project also would include a 2-MW solar installation on the same property.

Project construction would begin in July 2016 for operation in February 2019. The new plant would utilize mostly existing facilities to deliver water and natural gas, to discharge waste water, and to deliver electricity to the existing nearby 138-kV electric transmission system.

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