Bailout of N. Dakota Coal Plant Faces Backlash from Minnesota Customers

"Utility customers and clean energy advocates say the proposed sale is being rushed through to avoid scrutiny."

"In the next week, the boards of electric cooperative utilities across Minnesota will vote on whether to approve a plan to sell, rather than close, a North Dakota coal-fired power plant that has provided them with electricity for decades.

But the utilities have done little to disclose that the votes are taking place or to solicit the views of customers, who, in the cooperative model, are also shareholders.

“This is supposed to be a democratic organization,” said Veda Kanitz of Lakeville, Minnesota, a customer of Dakota Electric and a climate activist. She said that the cooperatives are trying to rush through the sale to avoid scrutiny and that selling the plant, which would extend its life, “makes no sense at all.”"

Dan Gearino reports for Inside Climate News July 23, 2021.

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/26/2021