Dairyland Power Cooperative

Press Release Archive - 2007

  • The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC) has chosen Dairyland Power to receive its Distinguished Service Award this year. Dairyland was honored at MVAC’s 25th annual banquet on Nov. 13 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. MVAC cited Dairyland’s “above and beyond” approach to assisting with culturally sensitive projects, and the cooperative’s many other contributions to MVAC over the years. “Dairyland has enjoyed a long collaboration with MVAC, and we are truly honored by this recognition. Our staff has shared in the excitement of some significant prehistoric discoveries for the past 25 years, and we look forward to many more years of working together to protect archaeological resources,” said Vice President, Generation, Chuck Sans Crainte.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative has installed a fabric filter “baghouse” to enhance particulate matter (very light ash) capture at its 400 MW John P. Madgett (JPM) coal-fired power plant in Alma, Wis. Dairyland also installed a baghouse at its 380 MW Genoa Station #3 (G-3) coal-fired power plant in Genoa, Wis., several months ago. Results have shown a major reduction in particulate matter at the Genoa power plant site.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative urges caution to those using Lake Flambeau near Ladysmith for recreational activities, as lake debris may be floating near the surface of the water. During the major drawdown and subsequent refill this year, debris such as driftwood and stumps, dislodged from the lakebed.
  • Sept. 20, 2007 - On a voice-vote, the Judiciary Committee sent to the full Senate S. 772, “The Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2007”, which repeals the antitrust exemptions currently held by the railroad industry. Badger CURE, a coalition of Wisconsin freight rail customers, including Dairyland, applauded the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of legislation authored by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) that would level the playing field by subjecting railroads to the same rules of competition as other industries and the customers they serve.
  • In this position, Dr. Huff will be responsible for directing Dairyland’s environmental programs, including air quality, environmental impact, stewardship, solid waste, water quality, hazardous waste and analytical laboratories.
  • A group of regional utilities have asked Minnesota regulators to approve construction of three major transmission lines to ensure customers continue to enjoy reliable access to low-cost electricity and to increase access to renewable energy sources. The CapX 2020 utilities – an alliance of 11 electric cooperatives, municipals and investor-owned utilities – asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to determine the new high-voltage lines and associated projects are needed. CapX 2020 is short for Capacity Expansion needed by 2020.
  • The theme of the June 13 meeting was “Our Pledge to the Future.” Dairyland’s commitment to reliably meeting energy needs while addressing environmental and economic concerns provided the meeting’s focus.
  • Installation of a fabric filter “baghouse” to enhance particulate matter capture at the Genoa Station #3 (G-3) coal-fired power plant in Genoa, Wis., is nearly complete. The G-3 baghouse has been placed into service, with early results showing a major reduction in particulate matter. A baghouse is also being constructed at Dairyland’s John P. Madgett coal-fired power plant in Alma, Wis., with an estimated in-service date of October 2007.
  • Dairyland is retrofitting its two largest power plants with state-of-the-art environmental control equipment that will result in significant air emission reductions. Dairyland has budgeted in excess of $250 million for current and future emissions control work.
  • Dairyland Power Cooperative has issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) seeking renewable power resources from wind and biomass generation facilities. The RFPs are being coordinated by Clearspring Energy Advisors of Madison, Wis.
  • Dairyland has contracted with Energy Solutions, a national radioactive waste services contractor, to facilitate the removal and disposal of the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor’s reactor pressure vessel and other low level, non-fuel waste.
  • Dairyland urges caution to those using Lake Flambeau for recreational activities in the coming weeks, due to unstable ice. Dairyland is also implementing its normal drawdown at the Flambeau Hydroelectric facility. The water-powered facility is located near Ladysmith, Wis., on the Flambeau River.
  • Approximately 60 DPC crew staff have been repairing storm damage in Iowa this week. The recent ice and snow storm caused devastating damage to parts of the Dairyland system, particularly in northern Iowa.
  • Visitors to www.dairynet.com will find Dairyland Power Cooperative’s new and improved website. The full redesign of Dairyland’s website showcases a fresh look and improved navigation, as well as a multitude of new informational features.
  • Two of the facilities that produce renewable energy for Dairyland Power Cooperative’s members have been featured on Iowa and Wisconsin Public Television’s Market to Market program.

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