Letters to the Editor

Xcel Energy needs to convert coal plant to renewable wind, solar power

To the editor:

I am writing to you today out of concern for our climate and the citizens that live on our planet.
What will it take for us to finally do something about the climate disruption, air pollution, and water contamination brought on by Minnesota’s biggest polluter, Sherco 1 and 2?
When will Xcel Energy get the message that Sherco 1 and 2 needs to be replaced with clean energy?
I can see the stacks of Sherco 1 and 2 from my home and worry a great deal about the damage that is being done to our health by the power plant.
My children and grandchildren also live in this area; I am concerned what the future holds for them if we don’t do something now to clean up our air and water and avert climate change.
Just recently we’ve seen the damage and heartbreak climate disruption is bringing upon us:  Coastal damage on the Jersey shore, historic flooding in Colorado, and extreme drought in our own area.
Let’s embrace clean energy now while we can still heal our environment and have an opportunity for a better tomorrow.
For information about the hazards of burning coal and the opportunity to voice your concerns, google Beyond Coal MN.


Xcel Energy is at a crossroads with Sherco plant located in Becker

To the editor:

Like many Minnesotans, I grew up with a fishing pole in my hands. I ate what I caught.
Then we began to hear about mercury in our fish. The levels are increasing, and we are now told to limit how many fish we eat. Mercury in the environment does not go away. The situation will get worse. Soon we may not be able to eat any fish.
Xcel’s Sherco plant is on the EPA’s watch list as one of the top toxic mercury emitters in the nation. It is also Minnesota’s largest contributor to climate change.
Xcel is at a crossroads with the Sherco plant. It needs to decide whether to spend millions to update it or to replace coal by investing in clean energy.
I love that I live in a country where life is so easy because of energy. I also love our lakes. Please join me in asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to require Xcel Energy to replace Sherco 1 and 2 with clean energy, specifically wind and solar. The PUC is accepting public comments through Oct. 1, 2013.
Please send email comments to: [email protected]
Or write to: Burl Haar, Executive Secretary, MN PUC, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul MN 55101. Please refer to“docket number RP-13-368” in your comments. Thank you.

Jan Bergstrom
South Haven