Minnesota PUC puts off decision to scrap aging coal power plants

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 9, 2012 - 11:33 PM
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muskiedogAug. 9, 12 2:23 PM

Good for them. Lets hope we can use common sences.

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riverbirchAug. 9, 12 3:02 PM

There is no common sense, coal kills.

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highlife75Aug. 9, 12 3:06 PM

We need to add or keep firm (not wind) capacity, not remove it. Buying electricity on the open market is a crap shoot. If we would lose 1 or 2 large base load generators for months or years due to a catastrophic failure, we will need every mega watt we can find. We have good capacity at the moment, but rolling blackouts could be right around the corner.

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FrankLAug. 9, 12 3:15 PM

Yup wind power will be the savior. Just like last week going through Iowa, hot steamy day, and no breeze, all the windmills were still. What is the true cost of wind power if you include the cost of a backup system that has to be ready at a moments notice in case the wind dies.

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godiveAug. 9, 12 3:21 PM

"In a separate 3-2 vote, the commission put Minnesota Power on notice that it leaned toward the view that the plants are no longer economical to operate." Since when, in the US of A, do commissions decide which pieces of a business are economical or not?

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dispatcher_1Aug. 9, 12 3:24 PM

Just where do these people think their electricity will come from? When the wind isn't blowing? Common sense will tell you that we still need the base load capacity from a power planr burning some type of fuel. I favor more nuclear powered plants. Would all you wind power fanatics like to have your house or hut wired directly to a wind powered generator? I think not.

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dflpartyAug. 9, 12 3:30 PM

President Obama promised higher energy costs when he was running for office. Gov. Dayton through the MN Commerce Department is helping pursue the same goal. Maybe the upcoming election turned the State Government from intentionally causing economic harm with higher energy costs; at least until November 7th.

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swschradAug. 9, 12 3:31 PM

so if we need to keep these old plants, retrofit them to run clean. the commission is gutless and really needs some new appointments.

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mrdaveAug. 9, 12 3:35 PM

Ah good. I was worried that the air and water quality might get better soon.

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lafoolAug. 9, 12 3:45 PM

Godive - the issue is the commission is stating the plant is too inefficient, and the utility will not be permitted to raise rates if their costs go up (bear their own costs). What is NOT stated is the commission will allow the utility to raise rates if they incur costs to replace the plant. Good to know the commission is looking out for us...

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