Bette Grande admits that Great River Energy was warned by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission five years ago to cut its reliance on coal. Yet somehow she believes that's "a dangerous push to renewables.”
Whatever happened to the customer is always right? Minnesota simply doesn’t want South Dakota’s coal-fired energy. Great River Energy should get used to it, especially since quite soon no one else is going to want their dirty energy either.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, North Dakota ranks first in the nation in terms of how much of the state’s demand for electricity could be met by wind generation.
The winds of change are blowing coal dependence away. And if Great River doesn’t change its ways, they’ll blow the company away, too.