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Vilas county electric generation
9:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Company Buys Otter Rapids Dam From WPS

Otter Rapids Dam
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Wisconsin Public Service has entered into negotiations to sell the Otter Rapids dam to Renewable World Energies.

The dam forms much of what is known at the Eagle River chain of lakes.

WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the sale is pending federal approval, but says the new owner isn't going to change the hydroelectric operation...

"...the key thing is nothing will change for the community of Eagle River and the surrounding area in terms of the water situation and the Chain of Lakes. We knew that's what everyone would be most concerned about..."

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$17 million project
3:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WPS Seeking Upgraded Coal Dust Collection System

WPS power plants south of Wausau
Credit OSHA

Wisconsin Public Service has asked the state for authority to upgrade an existing on-site coal dust collection system at the utility's Weston Power Plant south of Wausau.


WPS spokesperson Kelly Zagrzebski says the upgrade will make for safer working conditions and reduce emissions..


"...it will intersect all of the plants on site...is safer (working) conditions and better for the environment..."


The original coal dust collection system was installed in 1981....

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WPS, Red Cross with info
3:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Plenty Of Power During Hot Weather, Stay Cool

Cool Canine
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The mid-summer heat and humidity will stay for a couple of days and the American Red Cross says don't  over do it.


Among the tips they provide is drink lots of water and avoid caffiene and alcohol, try to move activities to the cooler parts of the day, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes. If you get too hot, find a public building that has air-conditioning. Always check to see pets are protected from the sun's rays and have plenty of water. Health-threatening heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.

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Non-profits asked to enter
3:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Third WPS Energy Challenge Announced

Solar Panels Saving Energy
Credit WPS

Wisconsin Public Service has put an August 23 deadline for Northwoods non-profits to enter the "2013 Energy Challenge". This is the third year WPS is sponsoring the challenge.


Up to 20 selected non-profits could earn up to $1,500 for their conservation efforts and also help the community save energy.


WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the challenge is designed to have non-profits do tasks that save energy...

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Calls tie up emergency dispatch
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Call WPS, Not 9-1-1 Says Spokesperson

Leah Van Zile
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With the severe weather in the region, Wisconsin Public Service officials say call them, not 9-1-1, if you see a problem.


Leah Van Zile from WPS says it's best to call them before the local police dispatch for a power-related problem...



"we really want to avoid bogging down the true, life-threatening emergencies at the 9-1-1 center.....calling Wisconsin Public Service if you do see something is the most efficient and really the best way to handle those..."

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