WEC Energy Group is one of the nation’s largest electric generation and distribution and natural gas delivery holding companies, with the operational expertise and financial resources to serve the Midwest’s energy needs safely, reliably and responsibly.
The company’s subsidiaries focus on reliable service, customer satisfaction and shareholder value. Together, WEC Energy Group provides energy services to more than 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. The company’s combined assets allow operating efficiencies across 71,700 miles of electric distribution lines, 52,000 miles of natural gas distribution and transmission lines, and 7,700 megawatts of reliable power capacity.
The company’s milestones:
1896: The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. was formed to provide electric, steam, and interurban rail service. The service area covers more than 12,000 square miles.
1921: Wisconsin Electric Power Company was formed by the North American Company to build and operate the Lakeside Power Plant in St. Francis, Wisconsin. Lakeside was the world's first power plant to burn pulverized coal exclusively.
1935:The first of five 80-megawatt units at Port Washington Power Plant was brought online. From 1935 to 1948, Port Washington was the most efficient coal-fueled power plant in the world.
1938: Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light was merged into Wisconsin Electric.
1953: Wisconsin Electric placed into service the first 120-megawatt unit at Oak Creek Power Plant. Seven additional units were completed through 1968.
1970: Wisconsin Electric's 908-megawatt Point Beach Nuclear Plant began operation and gained a worldwide reputation for efficiency.
1987: Wisconsin Electric reorganized as a holding company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation, with Wisconsin Electric, Wispark, Wisvest and Witech as subsidiaries.
1994: Wisconsin Energy buys Lake Geneva-based Wisconsin Southern Gas Co. and merges it into Wisconsin Natural.
1996: Wisconsin Natural merges with Wisconsin Electric.
2000: WICOR, a Milwaukee-based holding company of Wisconsin Gas, becomes part of Wisconsin Energy, creating the largest electric and natural gas provider in Wisconsin.
2002:Wisconsin Electric-Wisconsin Gas changes its name to We Energies.
2005: The first of two 545-megawatt natural gas-fueled units begins commercial operation at the Port Washington Generating Station.
2009: We Energies announces plans to construct a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled power plant at a paper mill site owned and operated by Domtar Corp. in northern Wisconsin.
2013: Rothschild Biomass Cogeneration Plant begins commercial operation, adding 50 megawatts of renewable energy to We Energies’ generation portfolio.
2015: Wisconsin Energy acquires Integrys Energy Group, forming WEC Energy Group.
2022: The technology group Wärtsilä and WEC Energy Group have successfully tested the capabilities of a Wärtsilä engine running on 25 vol% hydrogen-blended fuel.
According to en.wikipedia.org; wecenergygroup.com. Source of photos: internet