Despite President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs, it appears power generation is moving in a new direction, at least in South Dakota. With 30 percent of state now reliant on wind power generation and with hydro-generation another big contributor, Governor Dennis Daugaard thinks coal fired power plants may become a thing of the past.
The Governor says it takes a long time to fire up a coal plant and get it running at full capacity and then shut it down, as compared to a gas driven facility that’s much faster.
It gets even better when you add hydropower to the mix.
Governor Daugaard says that wind power generation is a great new opportunity for South Dakota to diversify and expand the economy.