Renewable Energy Center

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

Farmers and construction workers will soon play a big part in a landmark project. Construction on a first of its kind renewable energy center will start next summer in Brokaw.

The 99-megawatt power plant will be built on a piece of land just off Highway 51 and County Road WW in Brokaw.

The $120 million center will combine ethanol and turbine power into one system. The result will be electricity generated with no toxic emissions and no solid waste.

The need for 7 million bushels of corn each year to produce ethanol will also bring big business for local farmers.

"They are forming a cooperative. So they'll be part owners of the ethanol plant which is really exciting," said Judy Rose, the Brokaw Village Board President.

Village leaders also say the plant will bring tax benefits, create 50 to 60 new jobs, plus 200 construction jobs from local companies.

The center will contract its electricity out to other utility companies in the state and across the nation.

Wisconsin Public Service says the Renewable Energy Center will not change its current plan for the proposed Weston 4 power plant.

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