OTP shows commitment to Fergus Falls [UPDATED]Published 9:18am Friday, October 5, 2012 Updated 11:19am Friday, October 5, 2012
The decision of Otter Tail Power to make upgrades and eventually transition to a natural gas plant at its Hoot Lake plant shows a commitment to support Fergus Falls and we think that’s great news.
When the energy supply company looked at its future, and the future of available resources, it developed several scenarios to continue providing the energy needs of customers most efficiently — the most likely being Scenario 2020, which would include the addition of $10 million in equipment to the Hoot Lake plant to meet an anticipated change in standards scheduled in 2015, and the building of a $226 million natural gas plant in 2020, possibly at the present coal-fired plant site.
That OTP is choosing to keep jobs in town and invest its money in Fergus Falls shows its long-term support of this community. And that is welcome news for everyone.
We applaud the company for taking proactive measures for its future and the future of Fergus Falls and its residents.