Minnesota Identifies Environmental Adders

Fortnightly Magazine - March 1 1997
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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has adopted a schedule of environmental costs for electric utilities evaluating and selecting resource options in all commission proceedings including resource-plan and certificate-of-need cases.

In each such case the utilities will be required to provide three cost analyses for each generation-option provided: one using the values at the low end of the range (see table), one using values at the high end of the range, and one reflecting "direct costs only" (i.e., using zero environmental externalities values).

Table. Environmental Externalities:

By Pollutant and Location.

Within 200

Metropolitan Miles of

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SO2 $/ton 112-189 46-110 10-25 10-25

PM101 $/ton 4,462-6,423 1,987-2,886 562-855 562-885

CO $/ton 1.06-2.27 0.76-1.34 0.21-0.41 0.21-0.41

NOx $/ton 371-978 140-266 18-102 18-102

Pb2 $/ton 3,131-3,875 1,652-1,995 402-448 402-448

CO2 $/ton .30-3.10 .30-3.10 .30-3.10 .30-3.10

1Particulate matter smaller than 10 microns.

2Lead.

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