[NEWS] Minnesota Regulators Approve Plan to Close Three Biomass Facilities
– by Mike Hughlett, November 30, 2017, Star Tribune
Minnesota utility regulators on Thursday approved Xcel Energy’s plan that will result in closing three biomass electricity generators.
The move will save ratepayers money but will also lead to some economic distress for the timber and turkey farming industries.
Xcel plans to buy and close a plant in the western Minnesota town of Benson, which burns turkey manure to produce electricity. The Minneapolis-based utility will also buy out its contract to purchase power from two wood-burning plants on the Iron Range.