WPS produces electricity using many sources, including coal, natural gas, wind, water, solar and biogas.
- Coal-fired Power Plants
Most of the electricity WPS customers use comes from coal-fired power plants. Weston 4, our newest unit, is one of the cleanest coal-fired power plants in the country!
- Fox Energy Center
The Fox Energy Center, located in Kaukauna, is a natural gas fueled electric generating plant.
- Hydroelectric Power Plants
Hydroelectric power plants use water to make electricity. WPS has 15 hydro plants on the Wisconsin, Tomahawk, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers.
- Peaking Power Plants
Our peaking plants provide power only when our customers' needs for electricity reach a "peak."
- Wind Power
Wind power is a growing source of energy for the future.
The Electricity You Use
Although the energy mix changes every year, approximately 55% of the electricity WPS customers use comes from coal-fired power plants, 22% from natural gas plants and 5% comes from hydro plants and alternative sources like the wind. WPS also purchases another 18% from the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant. WPS buys power from others if it helps us avoid running some of our more expensive plants, such as natural gas turbines. These purchases keep costs (and rates) down.
The Natural Gas You Use
WPS buys natural gas directly from gas producers and marketers. WPS contracts with ANR Pipeline Company and Guardian Pipeline to deliver the gas from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Canada, where it's produced. WPS also contracts with pipeline companies and independent storage operators to store gas during the summer until it's needed during the winter.