Southeastern Wisconsin is in need of additional natural gas supply to heat homes and businesses on the coldest days of the year. In 2020 we submitted a proposal to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to construct and operate two liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities that will enhance the reliability of our natural gas supply, deliver significant customer savings and make us less dependent on interstate gas pipelines. In late 2021, the PSCW authorized construction of the two projects.
The Bluff Creek LNG Facility will be located in Walworth County in the Town of LaGrange and the Ixonia LNG Facility will be located in Jefferson County in the Town of Ixonia.
At LNG facilities, natural gas is taken from the existing underground pipeline system during the summer months when demand is the lowest, cooled until it turns to a liquid, and then stored in a tank until needed. During winter, when demand for natural gas is high, the LNG is warmed and returned to its natural gas form and delivered to our customers for heating their homes, cooking meals and meeting other needs.
We Energies safely and reliably delivers the energy customers need every day. To do this, we make safety our top priority in every aspect of designing and constructing our energy infrastructure.
While the facility we are proposing is now common across the country, this project will incorporate state-of-the-art safety and monitoring features that minimize risks to the public and meets federal, state, local and industry standards.
In addition, our personnel will work with local emergency responders to provide education about our operations and any specialized training needed.
Regulatory oversight and timing
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have regulatory authority over the facility and its location.
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