OAK CREEK — In response to the requests of We Energies in the Clean Power Coalition’s mission statement, the utility issued the following written response:
“Our Oak Creek Power Plant is one of the cleanest and most efficient coal plants in the country. We have taken several steps to minimize and suppress coal dust at the site, including upgrading water-suppression technology, installing video monitoring, improving wind breaks, and using foam and other crusting agents on our coal. We also voluntarily installed air monitor nearby which shows that our plant operates in compliance with all environmental regulations and permits.
We have a goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Already, we have reduced our carbon intensity more than 20 percent since 2005 by:
Converting units from coal to natural gas, including our Port Washington Generating Station and Valley Power Plant
Adding considerable renewable generation, including the state’s two largest wind farms as well as a biomass plant
Recently announced the purchase of Forward Wind Energy Center, resulting in additional in-state wind generation capacity
Since 2000, we’ve increased our generation capacity by about 50% while cutting emissions by more than 80 percent. Looking toward the future and additional renewables, the significant technological improvement and reduction in the cost for solar could make it a good fit in our future generation portfolio.”