Riverside (MN) power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Riverside (MN) power station is an operating power station of at least 586-megawatts (MW) in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Riverside (MN) power station Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States 45.0203, -93.2753 (exact)[1]

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit RIV0: 45.0203, -93.2753
  • Unit 8, Unit 7: 45.025917, -93.2765

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit RIV0 operating[1] gas, fuel oil[2] 586[1] combined cycle[1] no[1] 2009[1]
Unit 8 retired coal - unknown 238.9 subcritical 1964 2009
Unit 7 retired coal - unknown 165 subcritical 1987 2008

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit RIV0 Northern States Power Company-Minnesota[3] Xcel Energy Inc. [100.0%]
Unit 8 Northern States Power Co [100.0%]
Unit 7 Northern States Power Co [100.0%]


In September 2003, Xcel Energy announced plans to convert the Riverside (MN) power station 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (November 2019)". Archived from the original on June 12, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  2. "U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory (July 2021)". Archived from the original on November 22, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  3. "U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-860 detailed data with previous form data (EIA-860A/860B), 2018". Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  4. "Xcel plans to convert to cleaner fuel," Minnnesota Public Radio, September 2003.
  5. "High Bridge Plant," Xcel Energy, accessed July 2009.
  6. Riverside Plant, Xcel Energy, accessed July 2009.

Additional data

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