SHEBOYGAN — Alliant Energy announced plans to retire the Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by the end of 2022.
Closing the coal generation facility and transitioning to renewable energy will help Alliant Energy customers avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term costs according to company officials.
“For decades, our Edgewater Generating Station has been providing customers and communities safe and reliable energy,” said David de Leon, President of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company. “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.”
Throughout the transition, Alliant Energy will provide career assistance to employees who are interested. This includes one-on-one coaching, tuition reimbursement, help with resume-writing and interview coaching.
As for the generation facility and site itself, Alliant Energy will work with Vandewalle & Associates, a Wisconsin-based urban planning and economic redevelopment firm, to work on redeveloping the power plant property. Vandewalle & Associates has a history of transforming waterfronts, decommissioning and repurposing large industrial sites. While the planning and site redevelopment for this location is expected to be a multi-year process, the company plans to engage the community early and will provide several opportunities for input.
“We have a long history and deep roots in the Sheboygan area and we’re going to continue supporting the community, our customers and employees,” added de Leon. “Our shift toward cleaner energy generation is driven by our value to do the right thing. We are focusing on lowering costs, creating environmental benefits, meeting customer demand and being a good partner with the communities we serve.”
Earlier this year, Alliant Energy and the City of Sheboygan reached an agreement to install a 1-megawatt (MW) solar facility in the Sheboygan Business Center on the city’s south side. By adding the customer hosted solar facility, the city will gain steady revenue in the form of leased land payments for the next 25 years. Renewable energy is expected to attract new businesses to the area, especially companies looking to achieve their environmental, social, and corporate governance goals.
For more information about the redevelopment of the Edgewater Generating Station, visit alliantenergy.com.