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State scales back UW-Madison power project

The Charter Street Heating Plant on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will not generate more power under a new plan by Gov. Scott Walker. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials with the state Department of Administration have announced they won’t expand a state-owned power plant to generate more electricity.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports officials say the state won’t build a steam turbine generator to expand the power output of the Charter Street plant, which provides heating and cooling to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Officials said the project wasn’t cost effective given the state’s surplus of power and the possibility that the state may sell or lease its power plants in the future. The move will save $8 to $10 million.

The move marks the second time this year that Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has made a change to bring down the cost of the $250 million project that former Gov. Jim Doyle supported.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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