Calpine Services Provided

The Client
Calpine - Northbrook, Illinois

The Issue
Calpine’s Northbrook office engaged Neil Palmer & Associates to provide public affairs counsel for three energy centers in Wisconsin.
• 1998 Permitting and Construction of the RockGen Energy Center in Dane County
• 2000 Permitting and Construction of the Riverside Energy Center in Rock County
• 2001 Permitting and Construction of the Sherry Energy Center in Wood County

The Actions
Neil Palmer & Associates took a number of actions on behalf of Calpine:
• Created a comprehensive public affairs plan that addressed the sensitivities of local interests by making sure all voices were heard and information was presented in a timely fashion.
• Neil Palmer served as primary spokesperson and local government liaison.
• Helped prepare documents for regulatory filings and designed and distributed all public information materials.
• Arranged and conducted public information meetings and open houses, coordinating outreach efforts with the permitting agencies (Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
• Led negotiations with local officials to secure development agreements, necessary zoning changes and local permits.

The Results
• The 460 MW RockGen Energy Center was approved by the PSCW in December 1998 and began commercial operation in 2001.
• The 518 MW Riverside Energy Center was approved by the PSCW in 2002 and entered commercial service in June 2004.
• Calpine stopped development on the Sherry Energy Center project before permitting was completed.
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