McCarten Guides Effort to Reduce Emissions

Laura McCarten

With greenhouse gas emissions trending downward in Minnesota, Xcel Energy finds itself “ahead of the curve” in its proactive efforts to lower emissions from power plants around the state, according to Xcel Regional Vice-President Laura McCarten (BSEP, ’79).

Thursday McCarten, who has a degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, said that Xcel had taken significant steps in reducing emissions in the state, including converting two older coal-burning plants to natural gas (Riverside and High Bridge), and retrofitting the King plant with modern emission control technology to burn low-sulfur Wyoming coal. The conversions resulted in a significant drop in C02 levels and a 90% reduction in sulfur emissions, and were cost effective due to the current low price of natural gas. Read more…

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