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Customers paying for scrapped Big Stone II project

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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.

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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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