Sherco is a three unit coal fired power plant located within the City of Becker. The plant has a combined capacity of 2500 megawatts making it the largest power plant in the State. With the changes to environmental laws at the State and Federal level, Xcel Enegry submitted their Upper Midwest Resource Plan 2016 - 2030 - Preferred Plan (IRP) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The IRP proposed the shutdown of Sherco Units I and II in 2026 and 2023 respectively and building a 750 megawatt natural gas power plant on the existing site. The PUC recently approved the decommissioning of Sherco Units I & II but are still in discussion regarding the construction of a new natural gas power plant. Check back often for informational updates.
Please click here to see statements from Governor Mark Dayton and Lt Governor Tina Smith on Becker Power Plant Bill.
The House of Representatives will hold a hearing on Thursday, February 9, 2017 to discuss the placement of a natural gas plant in Becker (House File 113). To view the live hearing click here, scroll to the bottom and click on the "Live Video HTV1" next to the 3:30 p.m. Floor Session.
Click here to see WCCO's Pat Kessler's report on Senate Energy Committee's hearing held on February 2, 2017 regarding the placement of a natural gas plant in Becker.
Click here to see the Senate Energy Committee's hearing held on February 2, 2017 discussing the placement of a natural gas plant in Becker (Senate File 85). City of Becker testimony is approximately from minute 49 to minute 53.
Regional Vice President for Xcel Energy, Laura McCarten, discusses issues affecting the St. Cloud Area - KNSI - Ox in the Afternoon - October 26, 2016. Click on the video below to hear the interview.
PUC approved the decommissioning of Sherco Units I and II - October 13, 2016.