Stanton Station celebrates 50 years of generation

Great River Energy leaders, employees and retirees gathered Nov. 15 at Stanton Station to celebrate 50 successful years of generating electricity at the power plant.

Located on the bank of the Missouri River outside Stanton, N.D., Stanton Station was one of the first plants fueled by North Dakota lignite coal when it began operations in 1966.

The 189-megawatt plant has one turbine-generator and began its operations with a single boiler. A supplemental boiler was added in 1982.

In 2004, Stanton Station began using low-sulfur subbituminous coal from Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine in Montana. Over the years, the plant often hosted leading-edge electric industry research.

“Stanton Station has not only served the members of Great River Energy well, it has also pushed the industry to new places,” said Great River Energy President and CEO David Saggau. “The discoveries that have occurred at Stanton Station – including the development of optimum boiler design and emissions reduction research – have made power plants safer, cleaner and more efficient throughout the country.”

The plant’s long and successful record was possible thanks to a talented staff that operated the plant reliably and efficiently nearly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Stanton Station has a hard working, dedicated, skilled and intelligent staff, and the pride that they bring to work every day has been a big part of the success of Great River Energy,” said Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster.

In July, Great River Energy announced plans to retire the plant by May 2017 because it is no longer economic to operate with current low prices in the regional energy market. Great River Energy is developing plans to decommission Stanton Station in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment and assure the safety and security of the local community.