The state has closed more than a dozen plants that power a variety of power plants in the metro area, including the power plant that provides electricity to Minnesota’s biggest city, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and a plant that supplies about half the electricity for the city of St. Paul.
In addition, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has canceled its contract to supply electricity to about 400 Minnesota power plants across the state.
The companies said in a statement that the decision to cancel the contract was “due to the ongoing nature of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the need to prioritize the needs of the affected residents.”
The move comes amid ongoing concerns about the health of Flint residents after the city switched its water source in 2015.
On Tuesday, the governor declared a state of emergency in Flint and ordered additional water advisories to be placed in all of Minnesota’s 67 counties.