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Public Utilities Commission Unanimously Approves Xcel’s 15-year energy plan

Today, the Public Utilities Commission held its final hearing and unanimously approved with modifications Xcel Energy’s 15-year energy plan (Integrated Resource Plan). After two years of rigorous study, Xcel Energy proposed a Midwest-leading energy plan for the next 15 years – doubling the amount of wind and solar on its system and taking significant strides to reduce coal with the retiring of Sherco units 1 and 2 in the mid-2020s. Xcel’s proposed energy plan saw broad support from customers, including over 10,000 Minnesotans; cities of Becker, Red Wing, and Minneapolis; Sherburne County; clean energy organizations, and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Public Utilities Commission protects customers from Minnesota Power’s aging coal plants

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On June 9, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to approve Minnesota Power’s 15-year resource plan, requiring additional coal retirements and additional investments in wind, solar, and energy savings.

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Minnesota Power announces end of coal at Taconite Harbor 1&2 by 2020

Clean energy organizations applaud Minnesota Power for announcing plans to cease burning coal at its Taconite Harbor 1 and 2 old coal-burning power plant on Lake Superior’s North Shore near Schroeder, Minn. Minnesota Power will idle the plant in fall 2016 and cease burning coal in 2020.

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