Give your opinion on State of Wisconsin coal plant in Waupun, June 23

Thursday, June 18, 2009

From the Sierra Club:

Did you know...
...that the State of Wisconsin owns and operates 15 coal-fired plants?
...that our tax dollars are shipped to Appalachia to buy dirty coal from mountain-top removal mines?
...that our institutions of higher education and health spew soot, smog, mercury, and global warming pollution?

Governor Doyle took the first step by committing to get UW-Madison and Capitol Heat and Power off of coal, a move that will cut the state's coal use by more than 60%. We can finish the job and transform the 13 remaining state-owned plants.

Tuesday, the State wants to know what we think about proposed options for the coal plant at Waupun Correctional Facility. Please join us in asking the State of Wisconsin to completely kick the dirty coal habit, stop importing coal from the mountains of Appalachia, and fuel our facilities with cleaner, safer, cheaper sources of energy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Waupun Utilities
817 S. Madison Street, Waupun

Sierra Club will help provide transportation from Madison. Contact Jennifer Feyerherm at or 257-4994 if you would like more information.

The Governor's Task Force on Global Warming reccomended that state government lead the way in doing our fair share to reduce global warming pollution. With your help, we can move our state government beyond coal and bring cleaner, safer energy solutions home to Wisconsin.

Notice from the Wisconsin Department of Administration

Notice of Town Hall Meeting

On Draft Study of the State-Owned Heating Plant at the Waupun Correctional Institution

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
6:00 to 8:30 pm
Waupun Utilities
817 S. Madison Street

The public is invited to learn more and provide input on a draft comprehensive feasibility study that looks at how to meet the Waupun Correctional Institution’s energy needs.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections invite citizens to a Town Hall Meeting to learn more about a study that analyzes alternatives to ways the state generates electricity and heat at the Waupun Correctional Institution. There will also be an opportunity for citizens to comment on the draft report from the study.

The Town Hall Meeting will include opportunities for one-on-one discussions with experts, displays on the findings in the draft report and a forum for comments. The agenda follows:

6:00 Self-guided review of displays, discussion with experts
6:30 Information Presentation
6:45 Open Forum
8:00 Revisit displays and discussions
8:15 Wrap-up

The study is being conducted as part of an agreement reached in November, 2007 between the Department of Administration and the Sierra Club to complete feasibility studies on the cost-effectiveness and reliability of different energy-generation alternatives at several state-owned heating plants, including the Waupun Correctional Central Heating Plant.

Built in 1949, The Waupun Correctional Central Heating Plant provides heat, electricity and emergency power for the Waupun and Dodge Correctional Institutions. The plant also provides well, tower and a potable water supply for these correctional institutions and three smaller state facilities in the area. Energy at the plant is currently generated with three coal-fired boilers built in 1949 and one natural gas boiler built in 1970.

A copy of the draft report will be posted online before the meeting at:

The public is welcome to offer feedback on the study at the town hall meeting, or by sending an email to by June 30, 2009. For more information about the town hall meeting, please contact Linda Barth with the Department of Administration at 608-266-7362, or John Dipko with the Department of Corrections 608-240-5060.