The price of pollution control is coming home to boost rates for an electric utility serving western Minnesota.
To help pay for $405 million in environmental controls on the coal-fired Big Stone Power plant in South Dakota, Otter Tail Power Co. of Fergus Falls will raise rates nearly 4 percent Jan. 1 for its 60,600 Minnesota customers.
For a typical residential customer, the increase will amount to $2.77 per month.
The increase was approved Thursday by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as an add-on to bills.
Otter Tail operates in neighboring states, and co-owns the plant with two other utilities, so the upgrade cost will be spread around, also affecting customers in North Dakota and South Dakota.
The project is scheduled to be completed next year.