The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Friday unanimously approved an Ashland project to build what will become the largest biomass gasifier plant.
The project (PDF) will convert one of the boilers at the Bay Front Power Plant so it will burn natural gas instead of coal. It will also build a new gasifier machine in the plant that will convert wood into natural gas for the burner.
Northern States Power Co., which owns the plant, is converting Boiler No. 5 to burn gas instead of coal because the type of coal it must burn has limited availability and is expensive.
The project will generate 20 megawatts of electricity using biomass. It is estimated to cost $58.1 million.