The Commission approved the construction of the NTEC Plant and associated electric transmission tie-line on January 16, 2020.
(View Final Decision for PSC Docket: 9698-CE-100. View Final Decision for PSC Docket: 9698-CE-101)
Proposed project: South Shore Energy (SSE) and Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) are proposing to build a new natural gas fired electric generation facility in the city of Superior in Douglas County. The proposed facility is referred to as the Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC). The NTEC facility would consist of a natural gas fired electric generating facility with a capacity of approximately 550 megawatts (MW). The facility would include one H-class gas turbine generator (GTG), one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with duct firing, and one steam turbine generator (STG). The plant would burn natural gas with the capability to use fuel oil as a backup fuel. The plant would have an anticipated life span of at least 30 years.
Applicant stated need and project cost: Neither Dairyland or SSE serve retail electric customers or are public utilities under Wisconsin law. The NTEC project is proposed to be constructed, owned and operated as a “wholesale merchant plant” as defined by Wis. Stat. § 196.491(1)(w). As such, the need and cost for the project is not reviewed by the Commission.
Project Location: (see Project Maps) The proposed project is to be located within the city of Superior in northwest Douglas County.
Update: The Commission approved the construction of the NTEC Plant and associated electric transmission tie-line on January 16, 2020. Preliminary utility relocations onsite are proposed to begin in 2020 with commercial operation planned for December 2024.
Key Project Documents
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This is a
Type 1 action under
Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(1). The Commission and the Department of Natural Resources will jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project.
- A draft EIS is anticipated to be issued in late spring of 2019.
- There will be a 45-day comment period after the draft EIS is issued.
- Comments received will be used to prepare a final EIS, which is anticipated to be issued in fall of 2019.
- The final EIS will be one subject of a hearing in the project area to be held later in the review process.
PSC transmission line review process overview (pdf).