New Stateline Power Plant to Help Wisconsin Meet Peak Energy Demands

Wisconsin utilities and regulators say they shouldn't have any major problems meeting energy demands this summer. They say that's because of an increased generating capacity and an improved transmission system.

Public Service Commission chairwoman Burnie Bridge says she feels the state is in good shape going into summer. Her agency requires utilities to have plans on how to get 18 percent more power than the anticipated peak demand, either through their own plants or through contracts with other firms. She says all have met that this year, although that hasn't always been the case.

Bridge says part of the reason for Wisconsin's status is increased generating capacity with this month's opening of a plant in the Beloit-Janesville area and a plant at Kaukauna. Another is the consolidation of the operation of the electrical transmission system in much of the state under the American Transmission.