Wisconsin Electric gets no bids to buy Presque Isle coal plant

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Wisconsin Electric Power hasn't gotten any purchase bids at this point off a recent request for proposals (RFP) that it issued for the coal-fired Presque Isle power plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Said utility spokesman Brian Manthey in a brief March 20 e-mail: “At this time we have not received any proposals in response to the RFP. We will continue to operate the plant for at least another year under the system support resource (SSR) agreement with the regional transmission authority (MISO). The long term future operations of the plant remain uncertain.”

A few months ago, Wolverine Power Cooperative out of Michigan was looking to buy one third of the plant in exchange for paying for needed air emissions controls. But the bottom recently fell out of the power market for Wisconsin Electric in the region, Wolverine pulled out of the ownership deal, and the plant is now on life support due to the SSR agreement with the Midcontinent ISO, which is needed to support the local grid.

MISO on Jan. 31 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval of the SSR agreement, which covers a twelve-month period between Feb. 1, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2015. The commission as of March 20 was still considering the SSR, which has come in for criticism from several parties. The Presque Isle facilities (Units 5-9) include five major generating units that provide approximately 344 MW of capacity.

Wisconsin Electric HAD announced its intention to sell the plant and issued the RFP on Jan. 27, with the expectation of closing any potential sale by March 20, 2015.

This article was republished with permission from GenerationHub.

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