We Energies’ Gale Klappa flips the switch for solar energy

December 15th, 2017   •   Comments Off on We Energies’ Gale Klappa flips the switch for solar energy   

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Dec 15, 2017

In his second stint as CEO of WEC Energy Group, Gale Klappa readily acknowledges that, relative to many other public power utilities, his company has been slow to see the light of solar energy.

However, that’s about to change in a big, bright way.

The Milwaukee-based parent company of We Energies recently announced it will close coal-burning plants in Pleasant Prairie and Green Bay in 2018.

In their place, WEC Energy Group plans to build natural gas-fired plants in Marinette, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and other sites and will invest $460 million in two new solar energy farms that will generate 350 megawatts of power in Wisconsin.

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