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Federal judge strikes down Minn. rules on out-of-state power plants

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ST. PAUL — A federal judge has blocked restrictions set by the state of Minnesota that tried to limit businesses in North Dakota and other states from building coal-fired power plants and selling the electricity in Minnesota.

The ruling issued Friday found that Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, which barred new out-of-state fossil fuel power plants from transporting energy into Minnesota, violated the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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