Crews Implode Historic St. Paul SmokestackA piece of St. Paul history came down Sunday morning in dramatic fashion. Demolition crews brought down a towering smokestack as part of the ongoing demolition of the Island Station Power plant. After standing over the Mississippi riverfront for more than 90 years, the 280-foot smokestack crumbled in a matter of seconds.
Xcel Energy Plans To Keep Burning Coal At ShercoXcel Energy says it plans to keep burning coal in the two oldest units at its Sherburne County power plant in Becker in central Minnesota. In a report to regulators, Xcel says sticking with coal is the smartest course, rather than switching to natural gas, at least until the future of environmental regulations becomes clearer.
Minn. Power Plant Outage Continues After FireThe Sherco 3 power plant near Becker remains out of service after a weekend fire. A spokesman for Xcel Energy says the coal-fired plant had been down since mid-September for routine maintenance.