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WPS wants to retire Weston 1 generator

GREEN BAY (WAOW) – Wisconsin Public Service Corp. said Friday it wants to shut down its oldest coal-fired electric generator near Wausau.

Known as Weston 1, the unit was built in 1954 and generates 60 megawatts of electricity.

The utility said it has asked the Midcontinent Independent System Operator for permission to retire the generator by June 2015.

WPS said it also is seeking authority to switch Weston 2, a 75-megawatt unit built in 1960, from coal to natural gas.

Current electric market conditions include generation from more efficient and larger coal and natural gas units reducing the opportunities for Weston 1,” the utility said in a statement.

Weston Units 3 and 4, built in 1981 and 2008, will continue to operate at the plant, generating more than 980 megawatts of electricity, the utility said.

Retiring Weston 1 will require fewer workers at the Weston power plant but full-time employees will shift to other open positions, WPS said.

WPS has about 441,000 electric customers and 319,000 natural gas customers in northeastern Wisconsin and a portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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