Power Plant Gets Township Approval
The Lent Township Board unanimously voted in favor of the development agreement for a proposed power plant, despite opposition from township and area residents. The board made the decision Tuesday.
Attorney Troy Gilchrist helped the township work with LS Power, who is working to develop a 726 Megawatt Sunrise River Energy Station just south of North Branch.
Gilchrist talks about the board’s decision:
Some local residents, who spoke out against the power plant at a public hearing on Monday, don’t like the idea of using fuel oil as a back-up source, potential increase in noise levels, and the source of water. The plant is expected to use roughly 3.5 million gallons of water per day.
Gilchrist says there are provisions in the development agreement to address the concerns.
Part of the action taken Tuesday included approving a Host Fee agreement. LS Power will pay the township, Chisago County, and North Branch School district $600,000 annually in lieu of personal property taxes.
Gilchrist on the Host Fee:
The township’s approval is just the start of the process. The County and School District still have decisions to make, as well. Both need to approve the host agreement and the county needs to approve the development agreement.
Gilchrist says construction is still years away.