MCEA Staff blog regularly about current environmental issues and how they relate to MCEA's work.
Interesting article on NRDC's website about current nuclear projects in the context of the industry's checkered history. Minnesota's two nuclear power plants--Monticello and Prairie Island--hit their expiration dates in 2030 and 2033, respectively. Xcel Energy could need to spend north of a billion just to keep them going until then, although, as the article points out, estimates of the cost of nuclear construction work have almost always been wildly off. A number of Minnesota's newer coal-fired power plants also hit their sell-by dates at roughly the same time. The point is that Minnesota's electrical power generation is going to change, probably a lot, in the next ten to twenty years, and policy decisions about that future are going to be made soon.