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    is about 0.1% of what a single utility power plant generates.

    If, for example, MG&E acquired that facility, they could collect more money from UW for the electricity generated, plus get a tiny amount of generating capacity dirt cheap. Their rates would still be subject to PSC regulation (the language quoted in the diary is only about licensing, not rates).

    It's a way for Walker and the GOP to reward their donors, it's obviously corrupt legislation in an otherwise awful bill, but on the Koch brothers conspiracy scale, it's rather like not putting a quarter in a parking meter.

    But thanks for the info on the Charter Street plant - I used to walk by it almost every day and always wondered if it generated electricity or just steam for heat.

    The UW has another plant right on University Ave, about 1/2 way between Park St and Randall Ave (don't recall the cross street - Gilman?), but I think that was decommissioned long ago when the Charter St plant was built.

    We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy

    by badger on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 09:37:37 PM PST

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    •  Note that the 9MW is the *surplus* (0+ / 0-)

      electricity. It's a "heating and cooling" plant, with big-ass chillers. My guess is that it runs the chillers using self-generated electricity, but I don't know that -- chillers don't have to be electrically powered, as anyone with a propane refrigerator can attest.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 08:49:46 PM PST

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