MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant, Coal Creek Station, got a reprieve this year. The plan had been to close the plant, and replace it with wind turbines, but Great River Energy, the current owner, agreed to sell it to another company that will continue to operate it making use of carbon capture technology.
Now another Minnesota-based utility, Otter Tail Power, has announced they’re looking to sell their 35% stake in Coyote Station, a 420-megawatt power plant near Beulah, N.D., that is fed by the nearby Coyote Creek Mine.
The plan is for this to happen in 2028, so it’s a ways out, but still not great news for central North Dakota.
The other owners are Montana-Dakota Utilities (30%), Northwestern Power (25%), and Northern Municipal Power Agency (10%).