28 Feb '17, 5pm

Missed opportunity for clean energy as gas plant bill moves forward

Missed opportunity for clean energy as gas plant bill moves forward

Left to right: Clean energy advocates Kevin Reuther of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy, Jessica Tritsch of Sierra Club, and Leigh Currie of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy on a tour of Sherco. Today, Governor Dayton signed a bill into law that allows Xcel Energy to build a natural gas plant in Becker, Minnesota. The plant will be built as a partial replacement for a coal unit that will be retired in 2026, nearly 10 years from now. In response to concerns around ratepayers, the final bill has some modest provisions that help protect Xcel customers by not guaranteeing rate recovery. Though Fresh Energy believes that the bill is a missed opportunity to pursue even greater investments in local clean energy sources like wind, solar, and energy efficiency, we are hopeful that Xcel Energy will bring plans for the proposed...

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