Combined Cycle, Gas, New Projects

WPS seeks approval to build $517Mn gas-fired generating unit

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has requested to build a $517 million, 400-MW natural gas-fired generating unit at its Fox Energy Center in Wrightstown. Currently, the site is home to two units that have an output capacity of 593-MW.
According to WPS, the additional unit is needed to keep up with power demand, which is expected to rise by 2019 due to unit retirements in Wausau, Green Bay and Sheboygan.

“Adding a natural gas combined cycle generating unit to our existing Fox Energy Center is the best value for customers in the long term,” said Paul Spicer, WPS vice president of energy supply. “Owning the generation instead of buying electric capacity, even if available, provides much greater opportunity to control costs and reduce risk.”

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on the project within the year. If approved, WPS said construction would begin in 2016, with an operational date set for 2019.