On Aug. 17, 2012, We Energies announced it would convert its coal-fired Valley Power Plant to cleaner-burning natural gas. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the Valley Power Plant is one of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the state. It is a significant source of toxic mercury pollution as well as soot and smog. Converting the plant to natural gas will substantially reduce pollution coming from the plant, making the air cleaner and healthier to breathe.
For three years Clean Wisconsin worked with a diverse coalition of groups and local residents to pressure We Energies and state regulators to clean up the Valley Power Plant. The company predicts the conversion to be completed in 2015 or 2016 if approval is received.