Green energy advocates deliver petitions to Dairyland Power Cooperative

Green energy advocates are pushing back against a Dairyland Power plan to bring a natural-gas-fired electric-generating facility to northern Wisconsin.

Members of the Sierra Club delivered a petition to Dairyland Power Cooperative offices in La Crosse Wednesday opposing the facility.

About 1,100 people signed the petitions.

The Nemadji Trail Energy Center is proposed to be built just outside of Superior Wisconsin.

Local Sierra Club leaders hope Dairyland will follow the plans of other power companies.

“Many of the power companies have committed to one hundred percent renewable energy by 2050 and are constructing wind energy, solar energy facilities,” said Patrick Wilson, Coulee Region Sierra Club chair.

The petition follows the end of the comment period to the Public Service Commission in late October.

Dairyland Power representatives say the new plant will help reduce carbon emissions.

“This new natural gas plant will help us to diversify our portfolio and decrease our carbon emissions by 40% over the next ten years,” said Nathan Franklin, external and member relations with Dairyland Cooperative.

The plant is scheduled for commercial operation in 2025.

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