Plain Talk: State’s Attorney Says if Great River Closes Their Coal Power Plant, They Should Take Down Their Transmission Line Too

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N.D., is the state's largest coal-fired power plant, capable of generating 1,151 megawatts of power for 1.7 million people in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Great River Energy plans to close the plant in 2022, but remains open to selling the plant, something North Dakota leaders are working to do. Special to The Forum

To hear Ladd Erickson tell it, when Coal Creek Station was built the justification for constructing the power transmission line that services it across acres and acres of prime North Dakota farmland (to the consternation of many farmers at the time) was that the coal plant would generate economic activity.

Erickson is the State’s Attorney for McLean County, which is home to Coal Creek, and he believes that if Great River Energy wants to¬†shut down and deconstruct their coal power plant, then they ought to take down their power line too and return the land it’s using to farmers.

“North Dakota has no economic interested in the power line,” he said on this episode of Plain Talk.

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