Big Stone is dead, dead, dead

November 2nd, 2009


Hot off the press from MDU — there’s contact info at the bottom.


From MPR just now:

Controversial power plant won’t be built

And a BSII Press Release found in the inbox:

November 2, 2009

Participating utilities announce wind-down of Big Stone II project

The participating utilities announced today that they will not build the Big Stone II Project, a planned 500-to-600-megawatt coal-fired power plant to be located near Milbank, South Dakota, and its associated transmission. The project required additional participants to move forward; however none have committed.

Big Stone II, a fully permitted project, had been determined to be the least-cost, environmentally sound baseload power plant for the project participants. The project’s high voltage transmission facilities were to be sized to also serve the region’s burgeoning wind energy development.

The Big Stone II Project participants were Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Heartland Consumers Power District, Missouri River Energy Services and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

For information specific to each company, contact:

Mark Hanson, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., 701-530-1093 or

Bill Radio, Missouri River Energy Services, 605-731-2522 or

Russ Olson, Heartland Consumers Power District, 605-256-6536 or

Lori Frisk-Thompson, Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, 507-526-2193 or

One Response to “Big Stone is dead, dead, dead”

  1. Holly Cairns Says:

    Hi Carol,

    How much did you have to do with this? I’m kicking my heels! Hooray!

    What about CapX2020 (and smart grid technology, instead)… how will we power? Wind? I’m FOR the wind farm near Northfield…

    Thanks for all you do

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