Elk River Rejects Big Stone II Coal Plant Investment

 
July 9, 2009 — Elk River Municipal Utilities yesterday rejected a proposal to become a partial owner in Big Stone II. Elk River’s rejection was the same day as a decision by Basin Electric Power in South Dakota to pull plans for a new coal-fired power plant.

Elk River's disavowal of coal is part of a trend. A string of 100 coal plants--with Intermountain Power coal plant in Utah as the landmark number 100-- have been defeated or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush in 2001. Activists calling for a transition away from coal call this a significant milestone in the shift to clean energy. Read More | | | Past Coverage: Elk River City Council Tables Coal Decision, Big Stone II Goes Back to Utilities Commission July 8 | Elk River Municipal Power to Decide: Invest in Big Stone II Coal Burner?

Image courtesy Jim Frazier via Flickr Creative CommonsElk River Municipal Utilities rejected a proposal to become a partial owner in Big Stone II. Elk River’s decision was the same day as a decision by Basin Electric Power in South Dakota to pull plans for a new coal-fired power plant.  However, it was the Intermountain Power coal plant in Utah that became the 100th prevented coal plant--a significant milestone in the shift to clean energy.

For the past six years pro-environment allies have been running a hard-hitting campaign to expose the dirty truth about coal. Tremendous grassroots pressure, rising costs, and upcoming federal carbon regulations all contributed to the demise of the 100 plants. In Minnesota hundreds of volunteers turned out to public hearings, held rallies and met with officials to push for cleaner alternatives to the Big Stone II plant.

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