05 Dec '17, 10am

The Renewable Energy Transition at Work In Wisconsin: It's Complicated

The Renewable Energy Transition at Work In Wisconsin: It's Complicated

The Pleasant Prairie power plant could be a giant step forward in WEC’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The plant’s current emissions total about 7.5 millions of carbon dioxide annually, and that single source accounts for a majority of WE Energie’s carbon emissions . However, WEC won’t realize the full carbon benefit of the closure. WEC has announced plans to add 350 megawatts in solar energy in Wisconsin over the next couple of years, but it will also add new natural gas power units in the state. Emissions related to the new gas power units will counterbalance the carbon impact of the Pleasant Prairie closure. Natural gas is billed as “cleaner” fuel than coal, but it is responsible for high risk impacts including methane emissions all along the supply chain, from drilling to transmission, storage and distribution. Other local impacts associated with natural gas d...

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