The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will hold a series of public hearings on a proposal to build the Nemadji Trail Energy Center in Superior. The hearings will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Belgian Club, 3931 E. Second St., Superior.

The Nemadji Trail Energy Center would support Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative efforts to expand wind and solar energy by creating a 550-megawatt reliable alternative when wind and solar generation capabilities are insufficient to meet demand.

Construction of the $700 million state-of-the-art natural gas power generation facility is expected to begin in 2020 with completion slated for 2025. It would generate about 260 construction jobs and create 25 full-time jobs once complete.

South Shore Energy LLC, is a Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Allete/Minnesota Power, and Dairyland Power Cooperative applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to connect the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center to the existing transmission system partially owned by American Transmission Company located in the city of Superior and towns of Superior and Parkland.

Public comments for both the power plant and transmission interconnection will be taken by the commission at public hearings at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 29. A 10 a.m. hearing Oct. 29 is for the parties to the cases, but will be open to the public for viewing.

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For more information about the application or to comment, visit http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2017/dockets/publicComment.aspx and enter “9698-CE-101” for the transmission interconnection or “9698-CE-100” for the power plant in the box labeled "quick single docket search." Online comments will be taken through Oct. 28.