Alliant to close Sheboygan coal plant, retain Vandewalle

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in News | 2 comments

Alliant to close Sheboygan coal plant, retain Vandewalle

SHEBOYGAN, WISC (excerpts from – Alliant Energy has announced it is closing its Sheboygan coal-fired power plant, which is the last of its kind operating in Sheboygan. The Edgewater 5 generating station will be completely decommissioned by 2023. While that date is years ahead of the previous schedule for the plant, City officials say it will save taxpayers hundreds of millions in taxpayer costs.

Alliant said it has retained Vandewalle & Associates, a Madison-based urban planning and economic development firm to help with decommissioning and redevelopment plans for the waterfront site. New plans for the site are expected to provide new employment, improved use of the waterfront site, and other community benefits.

The announcement drew immediate praise from environmental advocates who cite cleaner air — reducing the release of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide: pollutants associated with respiratory illness. The plant had already been partially idled since spring due to rising costs and the COVID-19 crisis.

David de Leon, president of Alliant’s Wisconsin utility said in a statement, “As we transition from coal toward a cleaner energy mix, we are caring for our employees, creating new jobs and bringing new economic development opportunities to the communities we serve.” 

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  1. As a part of our mission statement – For a Zero Waste Future, Geocycle would like to get engaged with A&V in helping to develop a plan of how to productively clean up CCR from Edgewater site and put them into productive use. It is my understanding that the site may have impoundments, existing and old , and we specialize in helping utilities clean-close them. Please, reach out to me to develop timely excavation plans and review qualifications for benefeciation requirements.

    • Thank you – V&A is excited about the Edgewater project and eager to begin work with Sheboygan on the redevelopment strategy. This is community and area of practice in which we have extensive, multi-disciplinary expertise particularly with economic development, strategic reuse, and implementation. I have passed your query along to the project manager, knowing that the right partnerships at the right stages can be key to smooth implementation.

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