MN Power turns Laskin Energy supply from coal to natural gas

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MN Power turns Laskin Energy supply from coal to natural gas

July 2, 2015

The Laskin Energy Center in Hoyt Lakes is Minnesota Power's first electrical plant that runs exclusively on natural gas.

The Laskin Energy Center opened in 1953, and it has operated solely on coal since its inception. However, Minnesota Power decided to switch the facility to natural gas to keep up with new EPA regulations.

Officials from Minnesota Power say that this decision is a step ahead within their "Energy Forward" plan. The blueprint for "Energy Forward" involves turning its power supply to one-third coal, one-third natural gas, and one-third renewable energy.

Alan Hodnik, Allete CEO, parent company of Minnesota Power, says, "Minnesota has a goal, as does the rest of the nation, to bring about a more cleaner emission-based energy economy. And so from that standpoint, it really impacts the environment in a positive way."

Officials say that the transformation from coal to natural gas will reduce emissions by more than fifty percent.

The entire project took nearly 2 years to complete, but switching the infrastructure inside the plant itself was completed in about 90 days.

The cost of the project was just over $15 million.

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