Utility closes on purchase of Neenah power plant

NEENAH, WISCONSIN - Wisconsin Power and Light Co. of Madison said it has closed on its purchase of the Neenah Generating Facility, a 300-megawatt, natural gas-fired electric generating facility in the town of Neenah, Wisconsin.

The price was about $92 million.

The generating plant replaces the output currently obtained under a purchased power agreement with Calpine's RockGen Facility that terminated May 31.

"This purchase represents the lowest-cost option to meet our customers' long-term peaking power needs," said Barbara Swan, president of WPL. "Having the ability to meet those needs in a cost-effective manner, while providing flexibility for the future, is crucial."

The Neenah Generating Facility, which began operation in 2000, was owned by Alliant Energy Resources, a nonregulated affiliate of Wisconsin Power and Light. Wisconsin Power and Light is owned by Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp.


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