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Dairyland Power suspending operations at Alma

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Dairyland Power Cooperative is implementing plans to indefinitely suspend

The Alma Station, located on the bank of the Mississippi River in Alma, Wis., was built in 1947, when the Dairyland Power Cooperative board committed itself to generating all the electrical power needed for its service area. The first two units of the station, Alma #1 and #2, were constructed in 1947. Together, they cost $5.2 million to build, and generated 40 MW of electricity-a huge amount at that time. Alma #3 was built in 1950 and Alma #4 in 1957. The largest and final unit of the Alma Station, Alma #5, came on-line in 1960 at 80 MW. Together, the units of the coal-fired Alma Station have a capacity of 210 MW.

The Alma Station, located on the bank of the Mississippi River in Alma, Wis., was built in 1947, when the Dairyland Power Cooperative board committed itself to generating all the electrical power needed for its service area.
The first two units of the station, Alma #1 and #2, were constructed in 1947. Together, they cost $5.2 million to build, and generated 40 MW of electricity-a huge amount at that time. Alma #3 was built in 1950 and Alma #4 in 1957. The largest and final unit of the Alma Station, Alma #5, came on-line in 1960 at 80 MW.
Together, the units of the coal-fired Alma Station have a capacity of 210 MW.

operations at the coal-fired Alma Station (units 4 and 5) by early 2015.  The Alma Station is located in Alma, Wis.

“Dairyland is making every effort to minimize impacts on our employees,” said Bill Berg, President and CEO. “We are offering eligible employees an early retirement program and have held several other recent positions open following retirements which will give some employees the opportunity to move into other vacant positions within our cooperative.”

Dairyland said many factors are considered when making important business decisions regarding the continued operation of a generation facility.

“These include age of the facility, system capacity requirements, regulatory requirements, projected maintenance needs and costs, fuel supply, overall cost of power production and regional market prices for energy,” said Berg. “This decision also aligns with Dairyland’s generation resource plans that include the diversification of its resource mix, including the continued addition of renewable resources.”

The Alma Station units #4 and #5 have a combined nameplate capacity of 136 MW. They were brought online in 1957 and 1960, respectively. (The first three units of the Alma Station ceased operations on Dec. 31, 2011.)

Headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 16 municipal utilities. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Dairyland’s service area encompasses 62 counties in four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois). Dairyland’s generation
resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, biomass, landfill gas and animal waste.

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