News Advisory: New analysis finds that closing oldest 2 units at Sherco coal plant would mean big health and carbon savings for consumers

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Contact:
Rob Davis, Strategic Communications Director: 651-726-7576, davis@fresh-energy.org

St. Paul – For the first time, independent analysts had access to the same modeling software and data used by utilities to develop their resource plans. This new analysis, filed with the Public Utilities Commission today, shows that Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy can reduce costs and harmful air pollution for Minnesota consumers by retiring two units at the Sherburne County Generating Station (Sherco) coal-fired power plant. Built in the late 1970s, Sherco Units 1 and 2 are Minnesota’s most-polluting electricity generating stations. Four energy policy experts will be available on Tuesday, July 7 to discuss how this analysis could impact the decision on Xcel’s 15-year Resource Plan by state regulators this fall.

Who:
J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy
Kevin Reuther, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Anna Sommer, Sommer Energy
Beth Soholt, Wind on the Wires

Call in:         866-740-1260  (Access code: 7267571)

When:          10:30 AM Tuesday, July 7

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