ND Officials Protest Added MN Cost On Coal Power

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Top North Dakota officials are renewing their protest of a Minnesota plan to raise the price of electric power that’s generated by coal.

Minnesota regulators require utilities to assign environmental costs to future electric supplies that come from coal-fueled power plants. North Dakota exports power to Minnesota from its western coal-producing region.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is updating its cost estimates for coal power. North Dakota’s Industrial Commission voted Thursday to send the Minnesota agency a letter saying the added cost should be zero.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is chairman of the commission. He says the Minnesota rule will restrict the growth of North Dakota’s lignite industry.

Coal industry spokesman John Dwyer says North Dakota already does a lot to ease the environmental impact of coal use.

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  • Common Sense

    Our government hard at work. Levying an arbitrary tax to increase energy costs with no basis. When will everyone wake up and see less is more when it comes to Government.

  • EX-Marine

    The global warming cult at it again. I think that if you believe in global warming you should have to give up your car turn off your electricity and grow your own food without the help of machinery. Otherwise shut up. WE DON’T WANT YOUR COLLECTIVE SALVATION COMMIES

  • Julie

    Dems do not care about us elderly on fixed incomes. Please wake up!

  • Retired

    I’m retired, and on a fixed income, but I want to breath clean air. North Dakota doesn’t care how much pollution is generated by coal fueled power plants because the wind blows it all into Minnesota.

    • Common Sense

      Coal power has never been cleaner. Stop believing the green agenda, all they want is your money.

  • BearskinBob

    I thought the Republicans controlled the legislature in this state? Lets get to task and repeal this nonsense.

    • Peace

      Our wonderful Govenor will just veto it. It’s so sad he only cares about the mythical Global Warming and not the people of this state.

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