Coal, Nuclear, Solar

WEC Energy Group to Shutter 1,200-MW Coal Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

WEC Energy Group announced it plans to close the 1,200-MW Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin coal-fired plant in the second quarter of next year, the Journal-Sentinal reported.

Pleasant Prairie has been operating at reduced capacity over the last few years, and was shut down entirely for three months this spring. The company spent $325 million on pollution controls at the plant more than a decade ago.

The news comes as the company announced plans to develop a 350 MW solar power facility next to its Point Beach nuclear power plant by 2020. WEC officials said the move is due to falling prices and technological improvements in solar panels.