The Obama Administration has announced new rules targeting power plant emissions. The new rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Xcel Energy Regional Vice President Laura McCarten says their company is already on course to achieve a 30 percent reduction by the year 2020.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has told Xcel Energy to study retiring the two oldest units at its Sherco power plant. The PUC decided Thursday that Xcel should consider various retirement scenarios as part of a long-range plan that's due in July.