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RPU approves approves changes to Westside plant project

The Rochester Public Utility Board approved an additional $1.8 million in sustainable energy options and general modifications for the planned Westside Energy Station on Tuesday.

The peaking power plant is slated to be built at 5846 19th St. NW to help supply Rochester's growing demand for power. It will include five reciprocating engine generators, which run on natural gas. Work has not begun on the project. The estimated construction schedule calls for it to be operational by May 1, 2018.

Wisconsin-based Boldt Co. working with Sargent & Lundy of Chicago are contracted to engineer and build the plant. The peaking power plant is slated to be built at 5846 19th St. NW.

Wally Schlink, RPU's director of power resources, presented a series of energy efficiency options, like auto window shades, a 60-kilowatt solar array and other features totaling $44,887 to the board. Many of the options are expected to pay for themselves through savings over the life of the plant.

In addition to the energy saving features, Schlink also showed the board a series of general modifications to the original plan totaling $1.42 million.


The board unanimously approved both proposals.

RPU has previously appropriated $74.8 million for the Westside Energy project. The new additions brings RPU's current commitment to building the plant to $64.3 million.

Boards members commented on their pleasure at seeing the money committed to the project being well below the budgeted cost. However, Schlink cautioned them about getting too excited about building the plant at a savings.

"Remember, we haven't turned over shovel full of dirt yet," he said.

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