Even after shutdowns, coal power still a mainstay in Minnesota

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2013 - 1:48 PM

Despite the pending retirements of smaller power plants, coal will remain a key source of Minnesota’s electricity — and of greenhouse gas emissions.

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jncFeb. 11, 13 7:15 AM

everyone wants xcel to do this and that to their power plants, have cheap electricity, one day that computer is not going to turn on and you will not be able to whine. get real nothing better than coal or nuke

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zythrynFeb. 11, 13 7:53 AM

Diversification is smart regardless. Utilities that put all their eggs in one basket run the risk of huge shocks when regulations or fuel costs change. And we all know who those price shocks get passed on to.

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arspartzFeb. 11, 13 8:19 AM

"The remaining 12 coal generators spew nearly six times more carbon dioxide than the small units slated to go away" --- Nice unbiased reporting -- "spew". Nope, no negative connotations there.

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joe_mnFeb. 11, 13 8:46 AM

Burning coal and gas produces greenhouse gases and no technology exists to fix that glaring issue.

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tgeiselFeb. 11, 1312:21 PM

All you have to remember is, it's not about the climate. Climate change is about one thing. A means to extract money and transfer wealth. Whether the transfer occurs inside this country or on a global scale from developed to less developed nations. It really is that simple, you don't need wildly inaccurate models and predictions. Why did the 2 miles of ice that covered MSP occur and why did it melt?

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drillforoilFeb. 11, 1312:49 PM

Enough of the greenhouse gas emissions fall back. There is technology that captures the majority of these emissions and burn cleaner so it doesn't create pollution.

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dinojimFeb. 11, 13 1:41 PM

Do you suppose the Trib will run the AP story on the tons of hazard waste from making solar panels???

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carbonbigfotFeb. 11, 13 2:47 PM

Carbon dioxide is required for life on this planet. It is NOT a pollutant.

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psmaxtorFeb. 11, 13 3:50 PM

For all the anti-coal supporters out there. if you feel so strongly against energy produced from coal and natural gas then why dont you cut yourself off from the grid and go out and purchase your own private solar panels and wind turbines. What you will find is 1) it is way too expensive- thats why it is subsidized. 2) Energy Output--You may have not enough roof surface area to power all your electrical home needs. Making it very impractical source of power especially in Minnesota where we are limited by sun-hours. Clean Coal, gas is the only practical alternative.

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psmaxtorFeb. 11, 13 3:59 PM

For all you solar panel supporters out there, Have you ever ran the numbers to determine the amount of solar panels needed? Lets say an average house hold uses 1000 kwh. Total wattage of solar panels = 8830 watts (from the ref. website) each panel = 10 watts so you will need 884 of them. Im betting you will not have enough room on your room to fit them. And for all you global warming folks. this is based on scientic fact.

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