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Published May 28 2010

Startup of new ND power plant near Jamestown delayed

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The date for a $300 million coal-fired power plant near Jamestown to be fully operational has been pushed back from late this year to early 2012.

Great River Energy vice president Rick Lancaster cites the poor economy and lagging demand for electricity.

He says the decision means a 15-month delay in hiring eight of the full crew of 24 people who will operate the plant. It also means less tax revenue for Stutsman County, since coal-fired generators are taxed on the amount of coal they burn rather than being assessed a property tax.

Lancaster says plant construction at the Spiritwood Industrial Park is on schedule for completion by October. It will be North Dakota's first coal-fired power plant in a quarter century.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.