We Energies biomass plant begins commercial operation

            We Energies biomass plant begins commercial operation

50-MW facility at Domtar Rothschild mill produces renewable energy from woody
biomass

PR Newswire

ROTHSCHILD, Wis., Nov. 11, 2013

ROTHSCHILD, Wis., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- We Energies announced today
that the biomass-fueled power plant on the site of Domtar Corporation's
Rothschild, Wis., paper mill was placed into commercial operation Friday, Nov.
8, after testing and commissioning activities were successfully completed.

Wood, waste wood and sawdust are being used to produce up to 50 megawatts (MW)
of electricity; steam provided by the plant is also supporting Domtar's
sustainable papermaking operations.

This new biomass plant adds another technology to the renewable energy
portfolio operated by We Energies.

"The addition of the biomass plant enables us to produce renewable energy on
demand," said Gale Klappa, We Energies chairman, president and chief executive
officer. "That benefit is simply not available with solar or wind generation."

The company's renewable energy portfolio includes the state's two largest wind
developments -- the 145-MW Blue Sky Green Field Wind Energy Center in Fond du
Lac County and the 162-MW Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County.
Together, these three projects are capable of delivering nearly 360 MW of
renewable energy, enough to supply approximately 120,000 homes.

"These renewable energy projects -- fueled by Wisconsin resources -- were
developed largely through the talents of Wisconsin companies and Wisconsin
labor," added Klappa.

More than 400 workers contributed to the construction of the biomass plant,
which also will support approximately 150 permanent jobs in the region,
including independent wood suppliers and haulers from northern and central
Wisconsin who will secure waste wood for the project.

Under Wisconsin law, utilities statewide must use renewable energy to meet 10
percent of the electricity needs of their retail customers by the year 2015.
With the commercial operation of the Rothschild biomass plant, We Energies
estimates that it now has secured enough renewable energy to remain in
compliance with the state mandate through 2022.

In addition, Domtar's use of the steam produced by the plant will help improve
the paper mill's energy efficiency and reduce overall emissions at the site by
more than 30 percent.

About We Energies
We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and
Michigan's Upper Peninsula and 1.1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin.
We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and
Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy
Corporation (NYSE: WEC). Visit We Energies at we-energies.com and Wisconsin
Energy at wisconsinenergy.com.

About Domtar
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and
distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication
papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The
foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting
assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its
pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer
products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet
paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar^®, Lynx^® Opaque
Ultra, Husky^® Opaque Offset, First Choice^® and Domtar EarthChoice^®. Domtar
is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care
products marketed primarily under the Attends^® brand name as well as baby
diapers. In 2012, Domtar had sales of US$5.5 billion from some 50 countries.
The Company employs approximately 9,500 people. To learn more, visit
www.domtar.com.

SOURCE We Energies

Website: http://www.we-energies.com
Contact: Brian Manthey, brian.manthey@we-energies.com, 414-221-4444
 
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