Wisconsin coal gasification project approved

Wisconsin regulators approved a plan to convert a coal-fired power plant to burn natural gas.

The state Public Service Commission voted to approve We Energies’ $70 million plan to convert the 280 MW Valley power plant to natural gas, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Commissioners said electric customers will foot a majority of the bill for the project, but steam customers will also pay an increased share.

We Energies said the project would result in savings for all customers because shutting down the plant would require $160 million to $180 million in transmission system upgrades.

We Energies said the conversion should be completed by late 2015 or early 2016.

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