CPCN filed for Nemadji Trail Energy Center
To support the increased use of renewable energy resources, Dairyland and ALLETE’s Minnesota Power announced the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a combined cycle natural gas facility, in June 2017. Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications have been filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). The filing can be viewed on the PSCW website, psc.wi.gov.
Dairyland, as with other utilities, is adding significant amounts of intermittent renewable energy resources (such as wind and solar) to our generation portfolio. These additions increase the power grid’s need for reliable natural gas facilities that can provide quick-start generation on demand. Flexible generation, such as the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center, is critical for a reliable and sustainable energy supply.
In fall 2018, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission authorized Minnesota Power to move forward with the facility following a public hearing and deliberation. The MPUC determination affirmed the Nemadji Trail Energy Center as an essential, flexible and highly efficient natural gas facility that will support expanding renewable energy resources.
Now, the regulatory process is moving forward in Wisconsin with the Jan. 8 filing of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). South Shore Energy LLC (subsidiary of ALLETE) is proceeding with the regulatory process in Wisconsin as the project’s development manager. (South Shore will be listed as co-applicant with Dairyland in the filing because it is located in Wisconsin.)
The filing can be viewed on the PSCW website, psc.wi.gov. Copies of the filings will also be distributed to all city, town and village clerks in the project area, and to the public libraries in the affected counties.
As part of this process, PSCW staff will work with the Wisconsin DNR to conduct a thorough environmental review, in compliance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA). The WDNR will be reviewing a number of environmental permit applications examining potential impacts to groundwater, wetlands, endangered species and air quality.
The CPCN review process is anticipated to last approximately one year and will include a public scoping meeting organized by the regulatory agency.