Skip to main content

Xcel's Sherco power plant to continue burning coal

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Xcel Energy will continue to burn coal at its largest power plant in the Upper Midwest, the Sherburne County power plant near Becker.

The Associated Press reports that Xcel clarified its position in a report to regulators. Xcel said that until environmental regulations become more clear, sticking with coal rather than switching to natural gas makes economic sense.

Jim Alders, the consultant for Xcel, said the energy company evaluated the cost of building a series of natural gas plants as well as a combination of renewable energy and natural gas plants. The coal-burning Sherco 1 and 2 Units, which produce about 20 percent of the electricity used in Minnesota, compared favorably, he said.

The two units came online in the 1970's. It would cost about $1.7 billion to replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas equipment. Installing pollution control equipment in them would cost nearly $400 million. Either change would raise customer rates.

The report comes after President Barack Obama announced new rules to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to climate change.

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, judge in dispute over Feeding Our Future case

A Ramsey County judge disputed Walz's claims that the Minnesota Department of Education was ordered by the court to resume payments to Feeding Our Future.

ambulance

2 dead, 1 with life-threatening injuries in Hwy. 7 crash

Both drivers were not wearing their seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.

Screen Shot 2022-09-25 at 11.50.33 AM

15-year-old Richfield football game shooting suspect arrested

A 16-year-old accused of instigating the altercation is also in custody.

Police tape

3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights

Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.

fire, firefighter

Woman dies after becoming trapped in Waseca house fire

Police tried to enter the home but heavy smoke prevented them from getting inside.

ambulance

1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash

The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Related