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Xcel to dedicate coal-to-natural-gas plant conversion

A couple of important dates for Xcel Energy this week:

On Tuesday, the utility celebrates the completion of its Metro Emissions Reduction Project with the dedication of the newly rebuilt Riverside power plant in Northeast Minneapolis.

The facility was the oldest continuously operating coal-burning power plant in the United States, running on the dirty black stuff since 1911. Xcel spent $212 million renovating the power plant to run on cleaner-burning natural gas.

And on Thursday, Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect. Xcel Energy and other utilities are not allowed to cut off customer’s heat between Oct. 15 and April 15. The rule doesn’t protect people who already have been disconnected for falling behind on their bills.

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