Decision will fund Lake Michigan restoration and protection projects

MADISON — In a decision that will help restore and protect the health of Lake Michigan, The Public Service Commission today voted to approve the terms of a settlement agreement that ended litigation between We Energies and environmental groups regarding the use of a once-through cooling system at the Elm Road Generating Station.

“Today the PSC approved a settlement agreement that begins a 24-year, $96 million initiative for Lake Michigan projects,” said Katie Nekola, Energy Program Director at Clean Wisconsin, the state’s largest environmental advocacy organization. “We’re very happy that litigation ended in such a way that will benefit all of the people who enjoy one of the world’s most magnificent natural resources.”

The funding will be used to address priority problems such as invasive species, polluted runoff, sewage overflows, and other issues that negatively affect the health of Lake Michigan.

“The Public Service Commission deserves praise for approving this agreement that will create an important environmental legacy in our state,” said Nekola.

Planning for Lake Michigan Restoration efforts funded by today’s decision will begin immediately.