New Holstein Utilities Officials Tour Elm Road Power Plant
Recently, Utility Commissioners Mike Steffen and Gene Woelfel, along with General Manager Randy Jaeckels, toured the Elm Road Generating Station. The construction of the coal fired power plant was completed in the last several years and is located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
The three representatives from New Holstein were among a couple of hundred representatives to tour the facility. They received a briefing on the construction of the project, a tour of one of the generating units and a tour of the grounds which included the coal delivery and handling process.
Through membership in WPPI Energy, New Holstein Utilities and fifty other municipal electric utilities jointly own 8.33 percent of the 1,247-megawatt Elm Road Generating Station (ERGS). These local utilites formed WPPI Energy in order to share resources, and jointly own several large power plants such as the ERGS facility. The Elm Road facility, which consists of two supercritical coal-fired electric generators, is the largest construction project in Wisconsin's history. Construction began in mid-2005, and Unit 1 and Unit 2 began commercial operation in early 2010 and early 2011, respectively. The total cost of the project was $2.3 billion. WPPI Energy's costs for its 8.33 percent ownership was approximately $200 million.
The ERGS plant - a baseload facility providing round-the-clock electric generation - is among the cleanest and most efficient coal plants in the nation. The addition of the plant into WPPI Energy's portfolio of owned generating resources adds diversity to the power supply mix for New Holstein. The current portfolio will provide NHU customers with reliable and economically-priced power for decades.