GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 18, 2001 — Plans for a nominal 250-MW, coal-fueled electric generating power facility were unveiled today to members of the Village of Cassville Board at their monthly meeting.
Representatives of Mid-American Power, LLC discussed their intentions to construct the Cassville Energy Center as a redevelopment project of the existing 53-MW E. J. Stoneman Power Plant.
Cassville is the southern most Wisconsin community located directly on the banks of the Mississippi river.
MAPLLC purchased the Stoneman Plant in 1996 from Dairyland Power. The plan calls for construction of an additional 200 megawatts of electrical capacity integrated with the existing 53-megawatt Stoneman Plant.
The project was proposed by MAPLLC, a joint business venture of WPS Power Development, Incorporated of Green Bay, Wis., a subsidiary of WPS Resources, and Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City, Mo.
“This will greatly help fill the need for additional power in the state and, at the same time, create a real boost for the Cassville economy,” said Richard Heidel, Project Developer for PDI. “We expect to create as many as approximately 50 new permanent jobs and bring in significant tax revenues each year to the local area. Peak construction activity could see up to 750 workers on site during the three-to-four years the energy center is being built.”
A special informational meeting, sponsored by MAPLLC, will be held on September 27 in the Cassville High School gym to make residents aware of the project and to seek public input. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.
Heidel told Village Board members there are still many details of the proposal that need to be determined, but he felt it was important to get information to the Village Board early in the process.
Heidel explained a number of regulatory agencies would be reviewing the project. The public will also be invited to participate. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (“PSCW”) along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (“WDNR”) will be the lead state agencies during the approval process. Local zoning agencies, as well as several federal agencies, will also be involved in the decision process, which is expected to take 12-18 months. Heidel told the Board that any and all issues identified during the process will be fully addressed by the project’s applications.
WPS Power Development, Incorporated, is a subsidiary of WPS Resources Corporation whose largest subsidiary is Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the electric and natural gas utility in northeastern and north-central Wisconsin. Burns & McDonnell is an international engineering, architectural, construction and environmental services firm whose corporate offices are in Kansas City, Mo. Both companies have been in operation for over 100 years.
SOURCE: Mid-American Power, LLC