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Wisconsin panel issues power plant environmental report
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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.

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