[NEWS] Loggers Sue Xcel Energy Over Proposed Biomass Facility Shutdown
– by Tom Meersman, November 20, 2017, Star Tribune
A group of loggers in Minnesota is using an environmental law to sue Xcel Energy about three biomass plants in the state that burn wood waste or turkey manure to produce electricity.
The Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota filed the lawsuit last week in state court to stop Xcel from buying and shutting down one plant and ending contracts with two others. The move, the group said, would eliminate 100 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs.
“In addition to devastating many hardworking families and businesses across greater Minnesota who depend on these facilities, Xcel’s plan would also be terrible for the environment,” said Scott Dane, the association’s executive director.
Xcel said electricity from the plants is far too expensive, and contracts should be ended to save ratepayers money.