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Nemadji Trail Energy Center

South Shore Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. (ALLETE), and Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC), (Applicants) propose to build a new 625-watt natural gas-powered electric generating facility referred to as the Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC). In late 2018, the department began receiving application materials related to the permitting required for a proposed power plant in Superior, Wisconsin.

Project status

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) published a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project in September 2019. Several DNR programs contributed to this EIS. PSC held a public hearing on the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) in Superior on October 29, 2019. PSC issued a conditional approval for the CPCN on January 31, 2020. All materials related to the PSC process are on the PSC website (Docket No. 9698-CE-100).

The following table lists DNR permits and approvals that will be required by the Applicants, along with associated regulations, status, and contacts.

Permit or approval Statute/Administrative code Status DNR contact
Wetland fill permit §281.36, Wis. Stats; NR 103, Wis. Adm. Code Pending Ben Callan
Waterway impacts §30, Wis. Stats; NR 300 series, Wis. Adm. Code Incomplete Ben Callan
Air pollution control construction permits Ch. 405 and 406, Wis. Adm. Code Draft permits public noticed 12/24/19; public hearing held 1/23/20; decision on-hold per applicants’ request.
Permit information:
Megan Corrado
Endangered species review §29.604, Wis. Stats.; NR 27, Wis. Adm. Code Completed, although renewal likely will be needed Stacy Rowe
Incidental take authorization §29.604, Wis. Stats.; NR 27, Wis. Adm. Code Unknown, at this time, if needed Stacy Rowe
Construction site discharge stormwater permit Ch. NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code No application has been received by DNR Kim Gonzalez
Wastewater pretreatment system plan approval §281.41(1)(a), Wis. Stats.; NR 108, Wis. Adm. Code No plans have been received by DNR Robert Liska
Hydrostatic test water and water supply system water §283, Wis. Stats. Application for well testing was approved and completed Sheri Snowbank
High capacity well approvals §281.34, Wis. Stats.; NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code Received February 2, 2019
On hold per applicant request
Ian Anderson
Water loss approval §218.35, Wis. Stats.; NR 142.06, Wis. Adm. Code Received May 1, 2019. Incomplete June 27, 2019. Received updated water loss approval January 2, 2020
On hold per applicant request
Nicole Clayton
Water use individual permit §218.346, Wis. Stats., NR 860, Wis. Adm. Code Incomplete as of May 1, 2019, received April 5, 2019
On hold per applicant request
Nicole Clayton

*For questions regarding the DNR’s liaison role with the PSC, contact Ben Callan

Map of proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center, Superior, Wisconsin.

Map of Proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center, Superior, Wisconsin.