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New Minnesota Coal Plant Given Renewable Energy Grant

[RENEWABLE ENERGY FUND] Xcel Energy electric customers will help pay for a coal-fired power plant on Minnesota’s Iron Range, in a controversial use of money from the utility’s renewable energy fund. A state panel is finalizing the order to approve the payments of $10 million over the next five years for the Mesaba Energy Project, proposed by Excelsior Energy Inc. of Minnetonka. The decision to award the money went against the advice of the five-member advisory board that manages the fund.