The regulatory process continues for the Nemadji Trail Energy Center project.
The combined-cycle natural gas plant will deliver 525-625 MW of baseload energy to the electric grid. It will be located in Superior, Wis., as a flexible resource that can ramp up and down quickly to adjust for the intermittency of renewable energy generation. Dairyland Power Cooperative, Minnesota Power and Basin Electric Power Cooperative are project co-owners.
The Notice of Availability (NOA) and the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Nemadji Trail have been finalized by the Rural Utilities Service. The NOA has been published in the Superior, Wis., newspaper and is published on Dairyland's website and the project website. A 30-day public comment period for the SEA is underway.
The Nemadji Trail Energy Center will provide extremely significant public safety benefits through the reliable production of electricity. The dangerous challenges to grid reliability during severe weather events are one example of the need for perform-on-demand facilities like Nemadji Trail.
Challenges to the project only serve to compromise progress towards the lower-carbon goals shared by consumers and utilities alike. The facility will support efforts to develop more renewable energy, and at the same time, provide continued reliability when the supply of renewable energy is not adequate to meet regional electric needs.