MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility company that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for the sale of a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota.
Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to defer the sale of the Coal Creek Station.
John Tuma, the commissioner who asked for the delay, said he expects the approval process could be held up a couple more months.
Environmental groups that would rather see the plant shut down argued against the permit transfer, which was sought by Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Great River Energy.
North Dakota officials have hailed the sale as a savior for hundreds of jobs in the state.