- May 7, 2020 5:54 pm GMT
Big news from North Dakota as Great River Energy will be replacing its Coal Creek plant with new wind installations. North Dakota is a strong coal state and I would expect it to be one of the last states "standing" when it comes to remaining coal.
Note: Coal Creek has averaged about 8-9TWh of generation per year over the last decade - so this plant is responsible for about 1% of the remaining US coal generation.
Great River Energy plans to take the following actions:
- Retire the 1,151-megawatt (MW) Coal Creek Station in the second half of 2022
- Add 1,100 MW of wind energy purchases by the end of 2023
- Modify the 99-MW, coal and natural gas-based Spiritwood Station power plant to be fueled by natural gas
- Install a 1-MW, long-duration battery demonstration system
- Support the repowering of the Blue Flint biorefinery with natural gas
Expect to see a lot more coal closure announcement this year.
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