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We Energies fires up new biomass plant at Rothschild

ROTHSCHILD, WI (WTAQ) - We Energies has started using wood and sawdust to make electricity near Wausau. 

The utility said Monday that it fired up its new biomass plant at the Domtar paper mill in Rothschild last Friday. 

Things like waste wood and sawdust are expected to produce about 50 megawatts of power. It will also provide steam for the paper mill's usage. 

We Energies said the facility cost almost $300 million. CEO Gale Klappa said it will allow the utility to produce renewable energy on demand -- which is not possible with solar or wind power. 

The new plant is designed to make We Energies fall in line with the state's requirement of producing just over 8 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.