HURON, SD (KELO) – A new plant in Huron hopes to be a resource for customers during inclement weather as well as during extended periods of peak energy demand.
Huron’s new natural gas power plant is important for several reasons, including keeping the lights on.
“As we see more and more intermittent generation sources come online, like more wind generation and more solar generation that are there at certain times and at other times when they are not available, it is It’s crucial to have this type of plant in reserve for those times when it’s needed because these other sources aren’t producing electricity,” said Chris Nelson, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission.
NorthWestern Energy says the plant is reliable and profitable.
“In addition, it benefits from the advanced environmental conditions imposed on it. So it’s cleaner than what was here before in terms of air emissions. And it uses gas much more efficiently, which as we all know with rising commodity prices, efficiency will really help our customers,” said John Hines, vice president of energy supply. at NorthWestern.
However, for one Huron family in particular, this power plant is special because of its name: the Bob Glanzer Power Plant.
“They surprised me and my family by naming it after my dad, who had nothing to do with NorthWestern Energy but had a lot to do with this area and South Dakota in general. So, to have his name on that monarch on the prairie right now is quite humiliating to our family,” said Tom Glanzer, community relations manager for NorthWestern Energy.
Bob Glanzer, the late South Dakota legislator, died of COVID-19 in April 2020. His son says this $90 million project actually helped the Huron economy during the pandemic.
“We had over 125 to 150 workers here,” Tom Glanzer said. “They were all staying in hotels in the city when no one else was staying anywhere during COVID. We ate at the restaurant, we bought clothes, boots, food and we rented rooms from the local population. This factory probably helped a lot of companies just when it was built. »
Going forward, the plant will continue to help Huron, and beyond, by keeping businesses and homes lit.
Officials say this new plant will also help NorthWestern meet its 2050 Net Zero commitment.