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Forum staff reports, Published April 16 2013

Xcel proposes energy site in Hankinson

HANKINSON, N.D. – Xcel Energy has proposed adding up to three “peaking” units – two here and one in Burnsville, Minn. – as the best way to meet customers’ needs during times of high electricity demand.

The company will need to add 150 megawatts of new power resources in 2017 and up to another 350 megawatts by 2019.

Regulators in Minnesota and North Dakota will review the company’s proposal as well as proposals from other companies to decide which plan gives customers the best deal.

Xcel Energy proposes placing a 215-megawatt combustion turbine in service in 2017 at its Black Dog plant in Burnsville to replace the plant’s coal-fired generating capacity, which is scheduled to be retired in 2015.

The second and third 215-megawatt combustion turbines, if needed, would be located at a yet-to-be selected site near Hankinson, which is about 70 miles south of Fargo. The sites would be put in service in 2018 and 2019.

Xcel Energy’s proposal will be available on its website.