Coal, New Projects

Spiritwood Station coal-fired power plant generating electricity, steam

Great River Energy has started producing electricity at the Spiritwood Station in southeastern North Dakota.

The 99-MW plant began generating power and steam on November 1. Steam produced will be used by a nearby malt processing and ethanol plant, according to the Associated Press.

The plant uses combined heat and power (CHP) technologies; Spiritwood Station’s fuel source is lignite coal, which is converted to a higher-efficiency fuel using new technologies.

Construction of the power plant wrapped up in a 2010 but startup was delayed due to a drop in electricity demand in Minnesota.

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