Plans to convert UW-Madison coal plant to biomass take shape
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The public can comment next week on plans for a $251 million upgrade to switch a University of Wisconsin-Madison coal-fired power plant to run on biomass.
Plans for the Charter Street Heating Plant and a required environmental impact study for the project will be discussed Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering Building.
Plans call for the plant to stop burning coal next year and switch to a mixture of biomass products like wood chips and agricultural waste and natural gas.
The environmental impact statement says the change will lead to significant reductions in pollution. But it also warns that train traffic delivering biomass through Madison will increase, which could lead to longer commutes.
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