Another coal-fired power plant is set to go dark, the Rochester, MN utilities board voting to...

Another coal-fired power plant is set to go dark, the Rochester, MN utilities board voting to retire its Silver Lake facility. Cheap natural gas and wind power is making it cheaper to buy power off the regional grid, and there's also the whole clean air thing. (see also)
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  • davidingeorgia
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    There's not one word in that article about "Cheap...wind power". Gosh, I wonder why that got stuck in this blurb. By the way, you have a plural subject in that sentence. It needs a plural verb form.
    9 Aug 2012, 08:28 AM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    David- I agree. These SA editors taking liberties with the reporting is degrading the credibility of the site. Perhaps it's just too difficult to find writers who can't resist putting in their own little touch of individuality when they post their news fidings.


    Nothing mentioned about wind power in the article. The decision was to mothball an old decrepit coal burner because it would cost too much to upgrade. There's three large, modern coal burners standing right next door that aren't being closed down.
    9 Aug 2012, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    "Cheap natural gas and wind power is making it cheaper to buy power off the regional grid, and there's also the whole clean air thing."


    Uh, no (reporting from Minnesota).


    Wind power provides nothing but a few ugly monstrosities around liberal college campuses. I have nothing against natural gas but you don't suddenly turn a coal plant into a natural gas plant.


    As for the "regional grid," there ain't no free lunches there either.


    What's driving these moves is the ability of the public utilities to pass off ruinous increases in costs on to the consumer in order to satisfy politically-correct uses of windpower, gas recovered from pig droppings, algae production and the ever-reliable solar power (in Minnesota we see the sun a full 16 days of the year).


    And while we're at it, a huge portion of what ails the global economy is the never-ending search for "renewable" energy sources that mask an agenda to shut down all industrial activity. The cost of heating, cooling and electrifying your home and business triples, not to mention the cost of getting there and back, and then you have less money for...
    9 Aug 2012, 09:42 AM Reply Like
  • Red Raider
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    Strange they should cite wind power. Wind and coal do not compliment each other under normal circumstances. They may very well have nat gas fired gas turbines to fill the gap when there is no wind. Coal units cannot maneuver fast enough to do the job, and they must be backed off the grid to make room for wind. A sorry state of affairs.
    They didn't even mention EPA regulatory enforcement as a culprit. Wonder why? I believe Minnesota is still one of USA.


    The preparers of this article may benefit from some constructive criticism.
    19 Aug 2012, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • jimhagedorn
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    Another factor in all this is that former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty pushed through a bill to fight global warming. The law Pawlenty championed requires that 25% of the electricity consumed by Minnesotans be generated from renewable sources by 2025. Pawlenty's draconian law makes it all but impossible to build any new coal-fired power plants and will force utilities to retire older plants, rather than modernize. The law has already factored into higher electricity rates for Minnesotans.


    Pawlenty bragged that his global warming bill was the toughest in the nation, rivaling only California. Obama and his EPA certainly have a bulls eye on coal companies and electricity consumers, but misguided Republicans like Pawlenty are also part of the problem.
    13 Sep 2012, 12:37 AM Reply Like
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