Wisconsin Electric Power Company

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Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCO) is the electric utility and wholly-owned subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy, also known as We Energies. WEPCO was incorporated in the state of Wisconsin in 1896. Principal executive offices are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company serves approximately 1,114,700 electric customers in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.[1]

Existing Coal Plants

Plant State Year(s) Built Capacity
Presque Isle Power Plant MI 1955, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 625 MW
Valley Power Plant WI 1968, 1969 272 MW
Milwaukee County Power Plant WI 1996 11 MW
South Oak Creek Plant WI 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967 1,192 MW
Pleasant Prairie Power Plant WI 1980, 1985 1,233 MW
Edgewater Generating Station WI 1951, 1969, 1985 770 MW
Nelson Dewey Generating Station WI 1959, 1962 200 MW
Columbia Energy Center WI 1975, 1978 1,023 MW

Citizen activism

NAACP Clearing the Air Road Tour

Thomas White, President of the NAACP of Wisconsin on air pollution in Milwaukee, WI. Part One.

In April 2010, Jacqui Patterson of the NAACP Climate Justice interviewed community members in Milwaukee. Jacqui wrote the following account of the impacts of the Valley Power Plant:[2]

The Valley Power Plant is located on the Menomonee River about a mile southwest of downtown Milwaukee. It is wedged between the predominantly African-American Avenues West neighborhood to the north, and the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Walker’s Point to the south. Over 24,000 people live within a mile of the plant, and both the Aurora Sinai hospital and Marquette University campus are less than a mile away.
Mr. Thomas White, State Conference President for the NAACP spoke with me about the hazards of the plant to the surrounding communities, described the communities a bit, and then took me on a driving tour of the nearby areas.

Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCO) Clean Air Act Civil Settlement

On April 29, 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. EPA announced a $600 million Clean Air Act settlement with Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCO). The settlement resolves alleged claims that the company violated New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act.

“Today’s settlement is another example of the Justice Department’s strong commitment to cleaning up our nation’s air,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas L. Sansonetti. “Soon the residents of Wisconsin and Michigan will benefit from the drastic reductions in pollutants emitted from these facilities.”

The EPA estimates that WEPCO will spend up to $600 million to install pollution control equipment to reduce 72,300 tons per year of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 32,600 tons per year of nitrogen oxide (NOx) every year. The settlement covers five Wisconsin Electric plants, four in Wisconsin and one in Michigan, consisting of a total of 23 electrical generating units.[3]

Proposed Coal Plants

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Wisconsin Electric Power Company, "Annual Report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly year to June 30, 2009", Filed August 4, 2009.
  2. Jacqui Patterson, "Day VII Clearing the Air Road Tour — Milwaukee, WI — Valley Power Plant," NAACP Climate Justice Initiative, April 21, 2010.
  3. "U.S. Announces Major Clean Air Act Settlement with Wisconsin Electric Power Co. - Company Agrees to Reduce More Than 105,000 Tons of Pollutants Annually," U.S. EPA, April 29, 2003

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