Minnesota utility companies are arguing that two of their largest and most-polluting coal-based power plants are necessary to maintain power supply. But according to a plan by local environmental and energy organizations, they could close both plants, and seamlessly replace them with increased efficiency efforts. If the plants were to close, by 2030 there would be a reduction of 11 to 12 million tonnes of carbon and US$1.2 billion saved in health care costs.
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