panel issues power plant environmental report
Wisconsin utility regulators this week issued a revised
environmental report for a $640 million project by Wisconsin
Energy Corp. (WEC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to build
a 1,000 megawatt power plant.
In January, a Wisconsin county court asked the state
Public Service Commission to explain why more environmental
information was not developed in approving the natural
gas-fired, twin-unit plant at Port Washington.
The court said the regulatory commission did not justify
its decision to perform only an environmental assessment
rather than a more detailed environmental impact statement
when it approved the plant in December 2002.
Construction on the project began last June, and the
plant is expected to go into service by summer 2005. It
will replace an old coal-fired project.
The commission said that based on the revised assessment,
it is not necessary to prepare a more detailed impact
statement. The commission said it wants public comments
to be submitted by March 15.
The Port Washington plant will have capacity to serve
about 1 million homes in eastern Wisconsin, where electricity
demand is growing by about 2 percent a year, according
to the commission.