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People who would benefit if a new coal powered plant is built had the chance to weigh in on Alliant Energy's plan for Cassville.

The Public Service Commission has a way of packing the house. It was standing room only public hearing held in Portage Tuesday.

Tradesmen and women, agricultural leaders, even some wildlife groups packed the VFW Hall in Portage. They cited job creation, more energy supply, and other economic benefits as the main reasons to build.

The Cassville plant would burn 80 percent coal, and 20 percent biomass. Supporters say this hybrid electric plant is a step in the right direction toward sustainability

But, not everyone is convinced. Clean Wisconsin held protests in September, unhappy the plant will run on coal, a major source of pollution and green house gases.

"All of the testimony tonight is entered into the record, which will be considered by the commission when they come to a decision," said PSC spokesperson Tim Le Monds.

Alliant Energy's proposed electric power plant would be built along the Wisconsin - Iowa border on the Mississippi river. The cost - $1.3 billion.

The Public Service Commission held Tuesday's meeting in Portage, because it's the back-up location, if the Cassville plan falls through.

The PSC expects to make a decision on Alliant's request by mid-November or December.

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