Dairyland suspending operations of 136 MW of coal-fired capacity

Dairyland Power Cooperative announced it will indefinitely suspend operations at its coal-fired Alma Station in Alma, Wis. by early 2015. The two units at the station have a combined nameplate capacity of 136 MW.

According to Dairyland President and CEO Bill Berg, the cooperative considered many factors before making the decision, including the age of the facility, system capacity requirements, regulatory requirements, projected maintenance needs and cost, fuel supply, overall cost of power production and regional market price for energy.

Berg added the cooperative is also diversifying its generation portfolio and will continue to add renewable energy resources.

The two units being retired were built in 1957 and 1960. Three other units at the station ceased operations on Dec. 31, 2011.

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