State regulators approve $430M upgrade to coal plant in Cohasset

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Minnesota Power’s Cohasset unit will be retrofitted to sharply reduce mercury emissions. Customers can expect a rate increase.

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dad2fourSep. 25, 13 8:11 PM

The anti coal people have no clue as to what they are doing. Coal is America's Saudi Arabia for energy. Perfect it's use and give us the sustainability in energy that we definitely need to improve our economy for many years to come.

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fiveofusSep. 25, 13 8:23 PM

Time to start building nuclear power plants in this country. Zero emissions, dispatchable power.

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supervon2Sep. 25, 13 8:24 PM

Thank heaven the regulators understand that coal is the best and cheapest (short of nuclear) source of power for our citizens. It's too bad we have to force poor working people to pay so much for it and "Those" people just want it to keep going up.

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nessmessSep. 26, 13 6:58 AM

Quote: "Time to start building nuclear power plants in this country. Zero emissions".... I couldn't agree more... The USA should embrace modern nuclear technology, such as LFTR.... High output, safe fuel (thorium), no worry about run away reactions and "MUCH" less waste (can be reprocessed and used again) than current (1950's tech) reactors.

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motSep. 26, 13 8:27 AM

Once again the complexities of energy and fuel supply are lost on Strib commentators. The 'Saudi Arabia' of coal cannard was blown apart 5 years ago with the US geological Services study. Sure you got coal, but at what cost to bring it to the surface? Too many details, eh?

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BVMannSep. 26, 13 9:44 AM

I like the nuclear option as well, but have not heard anything about the extent of the fuel supply. Uranium is a natural element that is relatively rare in the earth's crust - hence, it too is a quasi "fossil" fuel. The supply is limited. But for a short term source, it is CO2-free.

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Rob7304Sep. 26, 13 1:28 PM

In Obama world, this is how you create jobs. But the jobs come at a steep cost, as the work is finished, the jobs are lost, but the bill for the work comes due and those that have to pay it are already pinched from the skyrocketing cost of everything, and stagnant wages to boot. This is not how to build a strong economy. It is how you wreck an economy. FYI to mot, there is plenty of coal in Montana and Wyoming and it is near the surface.

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