March 2022 Update
We continue to evaluate reuse alternatives and future concepts for the site that could include repurposing infrastructure, new residential housing, public open spaces and lakefront development. Additionally, we have begun evaluating whether to use portions of the site for future energy generation and storage to serve customers, strengthen the community and advance the renewable energy goals in our Clean Energy Vision. Ongoing studies related to site engineering and energy infrastructure will further refine and inform potential land use options. We expect additional information to be available by summer 2022.
We look forward to building upon our community partnerships and engaging with residents regarding Edgewater redevelopment opportunities once additional information is available. We welcome any comments and questions through our online contact form.
Edgewater Redevelopment Informational Meeting update
On June 23, 2021, Alliant Energy hosted a virtual public informational meeting to provide the Sheboygan community an update on redeveloping the Edgewater Generating Station site. Alliant Energy, joined by Vandewalle & Associate, discussed:
- How retiring Edgewater aligns with the company’s Clean Energy Blueprint.
- History of Edgewater and reiterated our ongoing commitment to employees, the Sheboygan community, and the environmental quality at the site.
- Edgewater site, highlighting the assets and constraints, which will be key in finalizing plans for re-development of the site.
There was also opportunity for attendees to ask questions and offer feedback. Throughout the planning process, we’ll be hosting additional public meetings.
Our sustainable energy plan
The Clean Energy Blueprint is our roadmap for accelerating our transition to cleaner, renewable energy in Wisconsin - guiding our efforts to enhance the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve. This includes increasing our use of renewable resources and provides direction for the future of our coal-fired generation.
As we move forward with our Sustainable Energy Plan, Alliant Energy has set a Clean Energy Vision that includes an aspirational goal to reach net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 for the electricity we generate. To support meeting that goal, while delivering cleaner, more cost-effective energy, we have also established a goal to eliminate all coal from our generation fleet by 2040.
For more information on how we are acting today – to meet our customers’ future energy needs tomorrow - please visit our Powering What’s Next website. For more details on our sustainability and responsibility actions, please read our Corporate Responsibility Report.
As we transition from coal to cleaner energy, we will remain focused on caring for our customers and employees by creating new jobs and bringing new economic development opportunities to the community.
Frequently asked questions
Customer sustainability goals and better renewable technology are driving the transition to renewable energy. And while coal generation used to be the least expensive energy source, it’s now among the most expensive.
Rather than investing hundreds of millions to maintain older, more expensive technology, we are investing in cleaner, less expensive renewables like solar. We are focusing on lowering costs, creating environmental benefits, meeting customer demand and being a good partner with the communities we serve.
The property is 265 acres. It's located along Lake Michigan at 3739 Lakeshore Drive in Sheboygan.
Through the state’s shared revenue program, the city of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County receive more than $1 million annually as a result of the generating station being located in the city. Those annual payments will continue even after Edgewater is retired.
Once the facility is decommissioned, the shared revenue payments will be phased out over a five-year period and the property will go on the local property tax rolls. After the five-year phased out period, the city and county will no longer receive shared revenue payments from the state.
We will continue to have our Sheboygan Operations Center in the city that maintains our energy services throughout the region. About 20 customer service representatives, line and engineering technicians, account managers, maintenance workers and administrative personnel work out of the building.
We are also planning to acquire and put into service a 150-megawatt solar garden in Sheboygan County by the end of 2022.