The state’s oldest coal-fired power plant shifts gears
BISMARCK, ND (AP) — On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2022, when the clock struck 9:41 p.m., it marked “the end of an era” for Heskett Station, as workers described it. It was the last time North Dakota’s oldest coal-fired power plant burned lignite.
Operations Supervisor Lonnie Moody anticipated a dark atmosphere inside the control room that evening. He started working at the plant 30 years ago unloading lignite coal that arrived by rail, and he planned to be there when it closed, he told the Bismarck Tribune in an interview. the day before.