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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — We Energies has filed for regulatory permission to build a $255 million biomass power plant near Wausau.

In its application to the state Public Service Commission, the utility says the plant would supply steam to Domtar's paper mill in Rothschild and create up to 150 jobs.

We Energies says it will work with Domtar to get waste wood from loggers and sawmills. The utility needs thebiomass plant to comply with a state law on renewable energy. It mandates that 10 percent of Wisconsin's electricity come from renewable sources by 2015.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports We Energies is hoping to start construction next year.

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