BISMARCK, N.D. – Montana Dakota Utilities plans to close three coal-fired electricity generation units at two locations in North Dakota and Montana.
According to MDU, the units will close within two to three years and a new natural gas turbine will be built.
The decision was made as part of the company's resource plan.
The Lewis and Clark station in Sidney, Mount Royal, is expected to close by the end of 2020. The two units at Heskett Station in Mandan, North, are scheduled to close in late 2021.
According to MDU, the total cost of building and operating a new single-cycle combustion turbine should account for about half of the total cost of continuing to operate both plants.
Montana-Dakota employs 77 people between the two coal plants and will only need 10 employees to operate the new units.
MDU has announced that it will provide training to employees wanting to fill vacant positions in other areas of the company.