Minnesota Power Announces Biomass Energy Initiative

Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, is nearing completion of its Biomass Initiative, a long-range energy plan to add significant renewable generation to the Minnesota Power portfolio.

Multiple biomass opportunities were screened to develop a short list of the most economically feasible projects. State legislation passed this year requires all electric utilities in Minnesota to generate 25% of its energy through the use of renewable fuel by 2025. “Biomass is a carbon-friendly, renewable natural resource available in northeastern Minnesota,” said Don Shippar, Chairman, President, and CEO of ALLETE. “Biomass will be an important resource to complement our wind and hydro facilities as we meet our renewable energy goals.” The short list of projects from Minnesota Power’s Biomass Initiative includes: Building a new 50 megawatt biomass fueled unit at its Laskin Energy Center in Hoyt Lakes; Using biomass fuel at existing Minnesota Power facilities; and Developing projects at customer sites which provide process improvements and generation additions. Over the next several months, Minnesota Power will be working with other stakeholders in the region to develop the most viable projects. Concurrent with this process, Minnesota Power is working to develop the supply chain of available biomass resource to meet the generation needs of the Initiative. Minnesota Power will submit final plans regarding biomass and other renewable energy options under study as part of its Integrated Resource Plan filing with the State of Minnesota later this year.
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