No more coal in these power plants

  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 2:39 PM

NO MORE COAL IN THESE POWER PLANTS

Ten electric generating units owned by four Minnesota utilities are turning away from coal, and will be retired (R) or converted to natural gas (NG) between now and 2016. Decisions are expected soon on whether four other units will keep burning coal.

Owner Plant & Unit On line Future Output (MW*)

Austin Utilities Northeast 1971 NG 29

Minnesota Power Laskin 1 1953 NG 55

Minnesota Power Laskin 2 1953 NG 55

Minnesota Power Taconite Harbor 3 1967 R 68

Rochester Pub. Util. Silver Lake 1 1948 R 9

Rochester Pub. Util. Silver Lake 2 1953 R 14

Rochester Pub. Util. Silver Lake 3 1962 R 24

Rochester Pub. Util. Silver Lake 4 1969 R 60

Xcel Energy Black Dog 3 1955 R 108

Xcel Energy Black Dog 4 1960 R 170

Pending decisions

Xcel Energy Sherco 1 1976 750

Xcel Energy Sherco 2 1977 750

Otter Tail Power Hoot Lake 2 1959 50

Otter Tail Power Hoot Lake 3 1964 80

* 1 megawatt equals 1 million watts Decision expected later this year Decision expected by regulators Thursday Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, utilities
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