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Dairyland Power, Badger State Solar Ink 149 MW PPA (Ind. Report)
Dairyland Power Cooperative,Ranger Power
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Badger State, La Crosse-based electric utility Dairyland Power Cooperative is reporting it will purchase all the energy produced at the proposed Badger State Solar Project in Jefferson County. The solar farm, developed by Brooklyn, New York-based Ranger Power, would generate 149 MW of electricity - sufficient power for roughly 20,000 homes each year.

Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.

Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.

According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power, Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000,; Ranger Power,,; Badger State Solar,

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EPA Proposal Raises Mercury Emissions Standard (Leg & Leg.)
Dairyland Power ,EPA
Date: 2019-01-07
The US EPA has proposed changing its 2012, Obama era, standards limiting hazardous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under its proposal, the agency would ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits.

Presently, power plants spend up to $9.6 billion per to control mercury emissions, but the regulations that reduce mercury pollution only provides $6 million in direct benefits, according to the EPA. However, the same controls that reduce mercury also reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are precursors to fine particle pollution, haze and ozone. These additional benefits were worth up to $89 billion in reduced fine particle pollution and $360 million in avoided climate change impacts, according to the Obama-era EPA.

Most utilities are already in compliance with the 2012 mercury rule by installing costly pollution controls that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The agency proposed retaining current mercury emissions standards. (Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Crosse Tribune, Jan., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,

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