Customers paying for scrapped Big Stone II project -- Laws mean profits for never-built plant
North Dakota customers of two utilities aren't only paying for $13.7 million in costs to develop a power plant that never was built.
As part of that sum, consumers are paying more than $1 million in pseudo profits for the phantom Big Stone II project, scrapped last year.
The reasons for the payouts are embedded in North Dakota laws sought by the energy industry and lignite energy industry that were sold as consumer friendly.
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