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GRE to Shut Down Coal Creek Station in 2022

May 7, 2020

Great River Energy announced plans today to shut down Coal Creek Station. The Minnesota-based company said it will close the plant in the second half of 2022, and plans to replace much of the power with new wind farms, including three in Minnesota.

Coal Creek employs 260 people, and another 400 work at the adjacent Falkirk Mine which supplies lignite coal to the facility. 

GRE 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
Convert the 99-MW, coal and natural gas-fired Spiritwood Station to all natural gas
Install a 1-MW, long-duration battery demonstration system
Support the repowering of the Blue Flint biorefinery with natural gas

Great River Energy plans to shut down both units of Coal Creek Station during the second half of 2022, although the cooperative is willing to consider opportunities to sell the plant. To assist local communities during the upcoming transition, Great River Energy plans to make voluntary annual payments of the local government share of the plant’s taxes for five years after the plant’s closure. 
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