Dairyland Power Coop to suspend Wisconsin coal plant

Dairyland Power Cooperative will indefinitely suspend operations at its coal-fired Alma Station in Alma, Wisconsin by early 2015. The two units at the power plant have a combined nameplate capacity of 136 MW.

According to Dairyland president and CEO Bill Berg, the cooperative considered many factors before making the decision, including the age of the facility, system capacity requirements, regulatory requirements, projected maintenance needs and cost, fuel supply, overall cost of power generation and regional market price for energy.

Berg added the cooperative is also diversifying its power generation portfolio and will continue to add renewable energy resources.

The two units being retired were built in 1957 and 1960. Three other units at the station ceased operations on December 31, 2011.

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