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[NEWS] Impact of Closing Minnesota Biomass Power Facility Revealed

– February 19, 2018, Bioenergy Insight

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Photo: Swift County Monitor

A recently published study from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has revealed the economic impact of closing a biomass power plant in the state.

In spring 2017 the Minnesota state legislature passed a law allowing Xcel Energy to buy and then shutdown Benson Power, a 50mW biomass facility that uses a mixture of poultry litter and wood to generate electricity. When announcing the closure, the legislature also directed DEED to carry out a study on the economic impact, state-wide, of closing the facility.

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[NEWS] Xcel and Benson, MN Agree on Plan to Mitigate Biomass Facility Closure

– by Elizabeth Dunbar, April 3, 2017, Minnesota Public Radio

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Photo: Tim Post / MPR

Xcel Energy and the western Minnesota city of Benson have reached an agreement on a plan to mitigate the expected closure of a biomass power plant that burns turkey litter.

Benson Power, owned by a group of investors, started producing electricity in 2007, helping Xcel fulfill a legislative mandate dating back to a 1994 settlement over nuclear waste storage at its Prairie Island plant. But Xcel says biomass power now costs up to 10 times more than new wind power, and city officials said the plant could close within a couple years.

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