Potawatomi's renewable energy plant celebrate their grand opening

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Potawatomi's renewable energy plant celebrate their grand opening

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Oct 28, 2013

MENOMONEE VALLEY - There's a deep debate whether there are better sources than coal to generate electricity. The official grand opening of the Potawatomi's $20 million renewable energy plant took place Monday in the Menomonee Valley.

The facility takes food and beverage waste from Wisconsin and neighboring states and turns it into electricity.

The plant, located one block west of the tribe's casino in the Menomonee Valley, creates a methane gas burned in an engine which generates the renewable electricity. That electricity is sold to We Energies. It's enough energy to power 1,500 homes.

Local leaders praised not only the environmentally-friendly process of generating energy, but generating growth for the community.

The plant was up and running about a month ago.

Governor Scott Walker was slated to appear at the plant's grand opening Monday morning but was a no-show. Instead, he sent Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in his place.

Kleefsich didn't have the specifics on why Walker changed his plans, and event planners weren't given a reason either.