Wisconsin Energy discusses natural gas pipeline as part of plant’s conversion from coal

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Feb. 28, 2001 — Wisconsin Gas, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy (NYSE: WEC), announced today that it has started notifying public officials and landowners in central Ozaukee County and parts of Washington County about route options for a proposed 16-mile natural gas lateral pipeline that would serve the Port Washington Power Plant.

The plant is slated to be converted from coal-fired to natural gas-fired operations as part of Wisconsin Energy’s Power the Future proposal.

Multiple route options are being studied to bring natural gas to the Port Washington Power Plant from the existing ANR Pipeline at the Town of Jackson. Wisconsin Gas plans to identify a preliminary route with alternatives in a filing with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin later this year.

“The goal of this notification process is to keep the public well informed about the proposed natural gas pipeline routes we are investigating,” said Richard Grigg, president and chief operating officer of Wisconsin Energy’s utility group. “The preliminary route and alternatives we eventually propose to the Commission will be ones that minimize the impact of the lateral to landowners, communities and the environment.”

Other criteria used to determine the primary and alternate routes proposed to the PSCW include soil suitability; use of existing corridors such as utility rights-of-way, highways, railroads and section lines; effects on future land development; project cost and safety.

The general route of the proposed 16-mile lateral would begin at Wisconsin Electric facilities near the Town of Jackson and travel east through the Towns of Cedarburg and Grafton, the Village of Saukville, and the Town and City of Port Washington to the company’s existing power plant in Port Washington. At this time, two potential paths have been identified.

“After we hold public discussions and complete our reviews, the alternatives will be submitted to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for review,” said Grigg. “We have begun the notification process for landowners and local officials along the routes under review. They are receiving project information, maps and invitations to upcoming public meetings.”

This project is part of Wisconsin Energy’s larger Power the Future plan. Power the Future is an aggressive plan that includes the construction of new power plants over the next 10 years, a modernization of the electrical distribution system, and an overhaul of aging power plants to ensure Wisconsin has an ample supply of reliable and reasonably-priced electric power.

One of the new plants in the Power the Future plan will be a 500-megawatt natural gas-fired facility, which will replace Wisconsin Electric’s current Port Washington Power Plant, a 350-megawatt, coal-fired plant originally built in 1935. After the initial conversion, the Port Washington plant may have the infrastructure to add another 500-megawatts to its output.

Wisconsin Energy Corporation is a Milwaukee-based holding company with subsidiaries in utility and non-utility businesses. The company serves more than one million electric and more than 950,000 natural gas customers in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through its primary utility subsidiaries Wisconsin Electric, Wisconsin Gas and Edison Sault Electric. Its non-utility subsidiaries include energy services and development, pump manufacturing, waste-to-energy, and real estate businesses. Visit the company’s web site at