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Local Officials Attend Dedication of Utility’s Newest Generating Resource

The member-owners of Wisconsin Public Power Inc. gathered in Kaukauna recently for the dedication of the joint action power company’s newest generating resource.

The Island Street Peaking Plant will provide Waupun Utilities and the other 36 WPPI members with 52 megawatts of electricity during peak demand periods.

Utility Manager Dennis Westhuis, Electric Supervisor Randy Posthuma and Finance/Administrative Manager Zak Bloom attended the May 13 ceremony at the site of the new generating unit scheduled for commissioning next month. Construction of the $25.5-million, gas-fired facility began last June.

"Heading into the summer season, the Island Street Peaking Plant will provide WPPI member utilities with a cost-effective option to meet the demand for electricity when wholesale prices spike,” WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly said.

The efficient, quick-starting unit can begin producing power within 10 minutes of being activated from WPPI’s operations center in Sun Prairie.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included state Sen. Robert Cowles, state Rep. Becky Weber, Kaukauna Mayor John Lambie and Commissioner Robert Garvin of the Public Service Commission.

Island Street Peaking Plant dedication

Pictured left to right: WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly, Utility Manager Dennis Westhuis, Finance/ Administrative Manager Zak Bloom, Electric Supervisor Randy Posthuma and WPPI Board of Directors Chair John O. Andler.