NextGen Energy Facility

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Not to be confused with the U.S. Department of Energy’s similarly-named FutureGen project, the NextGen Energy Facility would use standard pulverized coal technology. Basin Electric is considering four locations in the Selby or Pierre area.[1]

Initial “public scoping” meetings were held in August 2007.[2] The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be issued in the fall of 2008. Construction would begin in 2010.

On November 14, 2008, the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources (DENR) determined that Basin Electric's permit application was complete.[3]

According to an April 2009 Sierra Club update, the South Dakota DENR continues to review Basin Electric's air permit application.[4]

On May 18, 2009, Basin Electric requested that the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspend the air permitting process for the plant because it was "re-evaluating its timeline for development of NextGen because of the current regulatory, technology, and economic uncertainties."[5]

Project Details

Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Location: Selby or Pierre, SD
Capacity: 500-700 MW
Type: Pulverized coal
Projected in service: 2014
Status: On hold

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References

  1. Western Area Power Administration website, accessed January 2008.
  2. NextGen Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled, Basin Electric Power Cooperative press release, August 14, 2007.
  3. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  4. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  5. Letter from Lyle Witham to Lynn Gustafson, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources website, May 18, 2009

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