Gas plants have long been used for electricity generation, but this is the first gas-fired plant in America to be built entirely from renewable sources.
In the United States, we have more than 300 gas-powered plants, of which roughly a quarter are diesel generators, and we have about 20,000 miles of natural gas pipeline.
The proposed new plant, in western Wisconsin, will have two gas turbines generating 6 MW each and will be the largest gas-fuelled energy plant in North America.
The project will be built at the former site of a hydroelectric plant, but with more than double the energy output.
The new plant is designed to be more efficient than existing plants, and will use less energy than the equivalent amount of electricity generated by one natural gas turbine.
The wind and solar will be used to supply the turbines with power.
The Wisconsin State Journal explains: It’s been more than 40 years since the state first invested in natural gas power.
Now the state’s largest producer of natural-gas-fired electricity is proposing to build its largest power plant in Wisconsin in a place that was once considered a natural-resource desert.
The plan to build the gas plant near Lake Superior comes at a time when the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts electricity demand from the U