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Xcel chooses ND sites for 2 new power plants

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Xcel Energy has reportedly chosen sites for two new planned natural gas-fueled power plants needed to meet electricity needs at peak times, Forum Communications reports.

Regulators would have to approve the twin 215-megawatt units, now planned for sites near Hankinson, N.D., just a few miles over the Minnesota border, roughly 200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. (One megawatt of power provides enough electricity to serve 750 typical homes, Xcel says.)

The units likely would not go into service until 2018 and 2019, Xcel says.

Xcel also has proposed a 215-megawatt natural-gas plant to be constructed at its Black Dog power station, about 15 miles south of Minneapolis, that would go into operation in 2017. Two older coal-burning units are to be retired in 2015 at Xcel’s Black Dog power plant in Burnsville, the Star Tribune reported.

The three plants are planned to meet a growing increase in demand for electricity in its five-state service area, including North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.

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