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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Biomass hearing date set

From an article by Kathleen Foody in the Wausau Daily Herald:

ROTHSCHILD -- State regulators, opponents and proponents of a proposed biomass plant in Rothschild agreed Wednesday to hold a Nov. 30 public hearing on the project.

Attorneys for We Energies, the Milwaukee utility behind the plan, and other interested groups gathered in Madison to set the timeline.
The $255 million project announced in September 2009 would burn woody biomass, creating electricity for We Energies to sell and steam to power the Domtar Mill's paper-making process.

We Energies needs the facility to be operational by the end of 2013 to qualify for federal tax credits and meet renewable energy requirements for utilities. The company has pushed for approval by state regulators at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources by the end of the year to meet that goal.

The location and specific time of the hearing has not been set, PSC spokeswoman Teresa Weidemann-Smith said.

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