Temporary closing of Wisconsin coal plant likely saving money for Dairyland Power’s customers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享La Crosse Tribune:Dairyland Power Cooperative took its coal-fired power plant in Genoa offline at the beginning of June to avoid fuel shortages caused by the lack of barges carrying coal up a flooded Mississippi River. Instead, the La Crosse-headquartered cooperative is purchasing electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. market to make up for the power normally produced by the plant in Genoa, said Phil Moilien, Dairyland’s vice president.At face value, buying power from the grid could be cheaper for Dairyland than running its coal plant.Dairyland’s 345-megawatt coal-fired power plant is one of 17 coal plants in Wisconsin. At 50 years old, it’s the eighth oldest coal-burning power plant in the state.Since the Genoa plant, situated along the Mississippi River, gets its coal solely by barge, Moilien said, Dairyland made the decision to temporarily halt operations “not because we are out of coal, but to ensure we have enough coal for the summer months.”However, Dairyland reported to the U.S. Energy Information Administration that its fuel cost $27.28 per megawatt-hour in 2017. And it costs about $17 per megawatt-hour to run the power plant, based on EIA modeling. Altogether, that’s a combined cost of about $44 per megawatt-hour to produce electricity at a coal-fired power plant such as Dairyland’s.By comparison, it costs about $32 per megawatt-hour to buy power from the grid, according to MISO market figures from June 2018.More: Dairyland Power took its coal plant offline because of flooding, but it could be saving money buying power from the grid Temporary closing of Wisconsin coal plant likely saving money for Dairyland Power’s customerslast_img

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