Xcel Energy's generating plant in Burnsville gets last shipment of coal

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Xcel Energy's generating plant in Burnsville gets last shipment of coal

March 11, 2015

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — For more than 60 years, Xcel Energy's Burnsville plant has received shipments of coal to generate electricity.

That came to an end Wednesday. The last shipment of coal rolled in at the Black Dog generating station. Xcel Energy will stop generating electricity at the plant with coal in mid-April.

Xcel replaced two units in 2002 with a combined-cycle unit that uses natural gas, and the plant will switch over completely to natural gas by mid-April, when two dual-fuel boilers (using coal and natural gas) will be retired.

Xcel Energy has a long range plan to deliver 63 percent carbon-free energy by 2030.

According to 2013 data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Black Dog plant was the fifth-largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the state.

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