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Federal Appellate Court Overturns Minnesota Law Restricting Imported Power

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision finding that a Minnesota law that prohibited sales of coal-based generation into a regional market violated federal statutes and interfered with interstate commerce.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Minnkota Power Cooperative argued that the law had detrimental impacts on power generators across the Midwest but may now serve...

Minnkota Enters Into 35-Year Wind Power Purchase Agreement

In an effort toward compliance with anticipated federal regulations, Minnkota Power Cooperative (Minnkota) will purchase wind energy from NextEra Energy Resources 100 megawatt wind farm addition when the project begins operation in early 2017, at which point nearly 35 percent of Minnkota’s electric generation capacity will come from...

Coops Pleased as EPA Reaffirms NDDH Plan to Reduce Regional Air Pollution

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative received good news last week as the EPA reaffirmed the plan of North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) to reduce regional haze and ruled that the equipment of both plants meets all environmental requirements.  NDDH’s plan must be updated again in 2018 and then again every several years until 2064.  Please click here to...

Minnesota Cooperative Completes Major Transmission Line

Minnkota Power Cooperative recently completed a 250-mile transmission line from Center, North Dakota to Grand Forks, North Dakota.  The 345-kV line, which has been lauded by U.S. Senator John Hoeven, is the largest transmission project in the state’s history.  For more information, click...

Minnkota Contracts for Coal Deliveries Through 2037

BNI Coal Ltd. (BNI) near Center, North Dakota, and Minnkota Power Cooperative (Minnkota) have reached an extended agreement to provide coal to the Minnkota Power Milton R. Young Station through 2037.  This move extends BNI’s coal delivery schedule 10 years beyond the current contract, which would have ended in 2027.  Click here for...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Minnesota Coal Law

A federal district court judge has struck down a 2007 Minnesota law that restricted the ability of Minnesota utilities to build new coal plants or import energy generated from coal.  The court found that the Minnesota law effectively regulated out-of-state utilities that might wish to sell power in Minnesota and therefore “overreache[d]” by encroaching on the exclusive power of the...

Minnkota Facing Tough Winter Delays on Power Line Project

Minnkota Power Cooperative’s (Minnkota) $312-million, 345-kilovolt Center-to-Grand Forks, North Dakota, transmission line is now being delayed by about five months due to extreme winter weather.  Though the project is over 90 percent complete, Minnkota’s ability to construct the line has simply made the initial completion date of February 2014 impossible.  Read more...