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COAL CREEK STATION

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North Dakota is half-way toward its goal of eliminating human-caused sources of haze by 2064. Additional controls wouldn't make a perceptible difference or justify the cost, officials said.
"When you’re dependent on the weather for generating the electricity and have less dispatchable, you’re going to have tighter markets and you’re going to have times where you have a greater threat of having to have rolling blackouts,” North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak has said, noting that we've been too hasty in shutting down coal power.
North Dakota ranks second only to Texas in mercury emissions from EPA-regulated power sector sources. Driven by the low-grade coal found in North Dakota, several of the state's power plants rank among the heaviest mercury-polluting coal facilities in the country.
That our citizens are facing skyrocketing utility bills, amid all the other inflationary challenges of the pandemic era, is a gobsmacking travesty.
McLean County enacted restrictions on the development of new wind projects in response to plans for the retirement of Coal Creek Station, North Dakota's largest coal plant. But with a deal nearly secure to save the plant, local officials and project developers expect the local ordinances to fall.

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