North Dakota’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant to Close in Two Years, Delivering Another Hammer Blow to State’s Economy


MINOT, N.D. — Last week, I wrote that Great River Energy, the cooperative that owns the Coal Creek Station power plant in central North Dakota, was expected to announce that plant’s closure this week.

It will be announced today that the plant will, indeed, be closing by the middle of 2022. The delay is likely due to the plant’s existing obligations to the regional power grid. A statement from the company I’ve seen, but which hasn’t been released publicly yet, says Great River is willing to entertain offers to purchase, though my sources say those efforts won’t be earnest.

The focus, as I noted last week, is on closing.

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