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North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Coal-fired Generation

North Dakota’s coal-fired plants:

Plant Operating Company Capacity by megawatts (MW)
Coal Creek Station Great River Energy 1,100
Antelope Valley Station Basin Electric Power Cooperative 900
Milton R Young Station Minnkota Power Cooperative 705
Leland Olds Station Basin Electric Power Cooperative 669
Coyote Station Otter Tail Power Company 427
Stanton Station* Great River Energy 188
Heskett Station MDU Resources 100
Spiritwood Station Great River Energy** 99

  *Stanton Station uses subbituminous coal from the Cloud Peak Energy Spring Creek Mine in Montana
 **Great River Energy completed construction of the Spiritwood Station combined heat and power facility in 2011, and the plant will begin producing power when demand increases.

Coal-based power plant
• The lignite industry, which includes mines, power plants and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, employs about 4,000 workers directly and another 23,000 workers are supported indirectly through the industry.

• Oliver and Mercer counties, home to three coal mines and five power plants, have some of the highest average wages in the state. Average wages for the lignite industry are above almost all other industries in North Dakota.

• Annual taxes from lignite industry companies were estimated to be more than $90 million in 2011.

• Utilities with generation stations in North Dakota have invested about $2 billion in emission control technologies.

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You may be interested in:
Lignite Energy Council
Great River Energy – Coal generation
Basin Electric Power Cooperative – Generation
MDU Resources Group – Generation
Otter Tail Power Company – Coal generation
Minnkota Power Cooperative – Milton R. Young Station

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