Riverside Generating Plant (Minnesota)

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Riverside Generating Plant was a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Xcel Energy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Northern States Power Company
  • Parent Company: Xcel Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 404 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 239 MW (1964), 165 MW (1987)
  • Location: 3100 Marshall St. Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55418
  • GPS Coordinates: 45.025917, -93.2765
  • Coal Consumption:
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  • Number of Employees:
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In September 2003, Xcel Energy announced plans to convert the Riverside plant and the High Bridge Generating Plant to natural gas. The move came in response to an emissions reduction bill passed in 2001 by the Minnesota Legislature, allowing any utility company in the state to convert its coal plants to natural gas and then recover the costs of conversion through rate increases.[1] The facilities were part of a $1 billion upgrade of Xcel power plants in Minnesota. The new 570 MW High Bridge Plant went online in May 2008 and the new 511 MW Riverside Plant in April 2009.[2][3]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 2,785,184 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Xcel plans to convert to cleaner fuel," Minnnesota Public Radio, September 2003.
  2. "High Bridge Plant," Xcel Energy, accessed July 2009.
  3. Riverside Plant, Xcel Energy, accessed July 2009.

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