Energy Generation

Powering communities with reliable, affordable electricity in an environmentally responsible way

Our generation mix includes coal-fired plants, hydroelectric plants, wind power, solar power, and combustion turbines. We also purchase electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) energy market when buying it is cheaper than producing it.

Energy Future

We continue to be innovative as we create a stronger, smarter energy grid and cleaner energy future. We project that by 2023 our customers will receive approximately 35% of their energy from renewable resources. Carbon emissions from our owned generation resources are targeted to be 50% lower than 2005 levels by 2025 and 97% lower than 2005 levels by 2050—all while keeping residential rates among the lowest in the nation.

Integrated Resource Plan

Our Integrated Resource Plan identifies the most cost-effective combination of resources for meeting our customers’ needs for reliable service during the next 15 years. On September 1, 2021, we submitted our 2022-2036 Integrated Resource Plan to regulatory commissions in each of the three states we serve: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

We spent two years analyzing robust market data and engaging with people and organizations across our service area, including updates with our regulatory commissions, who helped inform the analysis. 

In our preferred plan, we requested authority to add dual fuel capability at Astoria Station, which is in South Dakota and is fueled in part by natural gas from North Dakota’s Williston Basin, add 150 megawatts of solar at a location yet to be determined, and commence the process of withdrawal from our 35% ownership interest in coal-fired Coyote Station in North Dakota in 2028.  

Read our news release for more information.