Commission denies power plant proposal

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has rejected a proposal by Wisconsin Power and Light Co., a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., to expand its existing Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville, Wis. The commission cited the $1.26 billion price tag as a reason for the denial. Although Alliant Energy committed to using up to 20 percent biomass, concerns regarding Nelson Dewey 3's potential greenhouse gas emissions and negative environmental impact also factored in the PSCW's 3-0 decision. The PSCW expected to issue its written order by Dec. 15, 2008, 20 days from which Alliant can request a reconsideration.