Dairyland Power Cooperative is implementing plans to indefinitely suspend operations at the coal-fired Alma Station (units 4 and 5) by early 2015.
The Alma Station is located in Alma, Wisconsin.
Dairyland Power Cooperative President and CEO, Bill Berg, says they are offering eligible employees an early retirement program and have held several other recent positions open following retirements which will give some employees the opportunity to move into other vacant positions within our cooperative.
Berg says many factors were considered in the decision, including the age of the facility, system capacity requirements, regulatory requirements, projected maintenance needs and costs, and overall cost of power production and regional market prices for energy.
The Alma Station units #4 and #5 were brought online in 1957 and 1960, respectively. The first three units of the Alma Station ceased operations on December 31st, 2011.
Headquartered in La Crosse, Dairyland provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 16 municipal utilities.