Dem-NPL Statement on Coal Creek Station Plant Retirement

BISMARCK — Great River Energy announced today it would close McLean County’s Coal Creek Station plant in 2022, although a sale to another coal operator may be in the works.

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman released the following statements.

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee said:

“Great River Energy has been an amazing partner to our state with the investments they continue to make in their all-of-the-above energy portfolio. Market demands for low-priced natural gas and consumer demand for renewable energy drive these decisions. So regardless of whether North Dakota can secure a buyer and keep this important community driver open, we must work together to secure good jobs, help diversify the local economy, and support the workers, their families, and communities directly impacted.” 

Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman said:

“Hopefully, a new company will be able to keep this plant operating and its workers employed. At the same time, our response should involve preparations and investments that ensure this community and every other in North Dakota will always have opportunities for good-paying jobs and fulfilling work. Companies like Great River Energy have and will continue to be major assets to North Dakota, but we need to be investing in a diversified economy.”