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Proposed natural gas power plant in Superior gets Wisconsin approval

DULUTH, MN-- On Thursday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved the Nemadji Trail Energy Center to be built in Superior.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that allows Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative to move forward with the plans.

This comes after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in December that the natural gas power plant must be reviewed again before Minnesota regulators could give their approval.

The project has also received some negative feedback from environmentalists. Some of those against the plant participated in a protest back in October.

Minnesota Power officials say the project must still obtain approval from the city of Superior, the Wisconsin DNR, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before construction can begin.

Hunter McCullough

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