Pleasant Prairie Power Plant Ends Operation

The 1,210-MW coal-fired Pleasant Prairie Power Plant in Wisconsin shut down this week, one week ahead of when WEC Energy Group had officially anticipated its closure, the Kenosha News reported.

Officials said the early closure was due to running through remaining stocks of coal faster than anticipated.

WEC gave notice of the plant’s closure in November, with the company noting it plans to pursue development of a 350 MW solar power facility next to its Point Beach nuclear power plant by 2020. WEC officials said the move is due to falling prices and technological improvements in solar panels.