Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, has received oral approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to install additional emissions reduction technology at Edgewater Generating Station Unit 5 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Pending a written Order from the PSCW, the decision authorizes WPL to build a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The approximately $150m investment is the next step in WPL’s efforts to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at Edgewater Unit 5 to comply with Wisconsin’s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements.

WPL anticipates the SCR at Edgewater Unit 5 will be ready for commercial operation in late 2012.

Barbara Swan, president of WPL, said: ”Our emission control projects at Edgewater are an integral part of our company’s commitment to protecting the environment and providing both our current and future generations of customers with safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy.

”We believe the SCR at Edgewater Unit 5 further demonstrates our commitment to the environment and the air quality around our plants.”