Hey, Republicans! Your own Governor Dennis Daugaard has joined the “War on Coal”:
I do think coal has seen its day. More and more power companies, notwithstanding what President Trump has done, see that the lead time on a coal plant is so long and the difficulty and expense of keeping a clean power plant going if it’s coal-fired, just makes gas a more attractive fuel source [Gov. Dennis Daugaard, interview, “South Dakota Moving away from Coal Power,” Hub City Radio, 2017.11.08].
Our greenie Governor says gas is cheaper and fits better with renewable energy generation:
It’s also much more able to be integrated with wind…. So if you’re using wind for example and the wind drops off suddenly, you can crank up a gas plant to fill that load demand much more quickly, and coal is much more difficult to do that with, so pairing it with wind, pairing it with other renewable sources, gas is an easier sell. And the price is better [Daugaard, 2017.11.08].
Governor Daugaard tells Hub City Radio that wind and hydro power push the percentage of power generated by renewable sources in South Dakota as high as 75%.