Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies building training center

Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies have broken ground on the construction of a 32,000-square-foot training center, to be completed in March 2018.

The center will provide a centralized training hub for all WPS field employees, as well as provide more local training options for We Energies personnel based out of the Fox Valley and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, according to a press release.

“Working safely and investing in employee success are core values we strive to accomplish every day,” said Kevin Fletcher, president of WPS and We Energies. “The Green Bay Training Center demonstrates our dedication to these priorities and will equip our employees with the tools they need to have safe, successful careers.”

The Boldt Company in Appleton, Wis., was awarded the contract to build the facility, and its construction will provide work to about 250 construction workers.

WPS says it also will continue its partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to complement the courses provided at the new facility.

WPS produces electricity using many sources, including coal, natural gas, wind, water, solar and biogas. The company owns and operates 15 small hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 64.4 MW and has 50% ownership of another two with a total capacity of 35 MW.

HydroWorld reported in April that penstock modernization work is under way at WPS’ largest hydro facility, 17.2-MW Grandfather Falls.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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