Dairyland Power announces plant as back-up to renewable sources

Natural gas plant can provide for 200,000 homes

A newly-announced back-up power plant will help support renewable energy efforts in our area.

Dairyland Power announced plans for a natural gas plant in north-western Wisconsin during its 76th annual meeting Wednesday afternoon. The newest expansion is not a renewable energy source, but Dairyland leaders say it will support the company’s growing solar and wind generation when the two cannot produce enough power.

“When the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow there’s no power the gas comes on, it comes off quickly. So, different than years ago, the gas today is enabling our ability to diversify our resources,” said Dairyland Power Cooperative President & CEO Barbara Nick.

The expansion is made possible through a partnership with Duluth-based Minnesota Power.

The new natural gas plant can provide energy for about 200,000 homes. It is expected to be operational in 2024.