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State budget bill: power plant provision


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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Some are concerned with a provision in the budget bill regarding the sale or lease of state owned power plants.

The legislative fiscal bureau says the bill gives the state power to enter into contracts with private parties to buy and run state owned power plants.

Some say the provision should include a competitive bid process, giving the state the best deal.

The Citizen's Utility Board says the power plants being discussed are old and out of date. It also says a private party would make little profit if they bought a plant.

"It gives the department secretary pretty broad authority about how they could potentially negotiate these sales or leases," Financial Analyst for the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Darin Renner said.

UW-Stevens Point uses a state owned power plant. School leaders say if their plant were sold to a private party, their operating cost could get expensive.

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