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Benson Power could be closing by summer of 2018

from Swift County Monitor

Employees of Benson Power, LLC, were notified Tuesday that the company owners are in negotiations with Xcel Energy for sale of the plant. With that announcement a process is being put in place that could lead to the power plant shutting down by the summer of 2018. Its shutdown would mean the loss of 45 jobs at the plant as well as up to another 100 jobs at businesses that support the operation of the biomass facility. the PUC rejects Xcel Energy’s proposal to buy the power plant the deal would be off and it would have to go back to putting together a new proposal the regulatory agency might accept. If Xcel Energy gets PUC approval, it would then file with the Midcontinent Systems Operator, Inc. (MISO) to continue with the process to close the plant. MISO manages the electrical load for 15 states, including Minnesota, and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Power plants coming onto and going off the grid have to get MISO approval. more

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