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Grand Island approves purchase of coal from Hastings

The Grand Island approved a deal to buy 5,000 tons of coal from the City of Hastings.
The Grand Island approved a deal to buy 5,000 tons of coal from the City of Hastings.(KASEY MINTZ, KSNB)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:07 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island City Council approved a deal to buy 5,000 tons of coal from the City of Hastings.

Grand Island used an unusual amount of coal during a winter storm in February 2021, now that their feeling the effects of it.

That winter storm combined with supply chain issues have pushed the City of Grand Island wanting to purchase up to 5,000 tons of coal.

The coal would will be from the Hastings Utilities by way of the Whelan Energy Center, it will be transported via trucks to the Platte Generating Station in just south of Grand Island.

The total cost of the coal could be as much as $215,000.

Grand Island utilities director Tim Luchsinger said he’s not sure when the normal shipment of coal will get here.

“The train we had anticipated being loaded over the weekend got delayed in North Platte and is just on its way up to the mine right now. So its two or three days behind schedule,” Luchsinger said. “We anticipate we will be taking the 5,000 tons of coal from Hastings.”

Luchsinger told Local4 News he is grateful to Hastings Utilities and their manager Kevin Johnson for the coal.

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