MPUC approves Nemadji Trail Energy Center

MPUC approves Nemadji Trail Energy Center

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center natural gas plant on a 3-2 vote on Oct. 29.

In June 2017, Dairyland announced plans for the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, a 525-550 MW combined cycle natural gas facility. This project is in partnership with Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE, based in Duluth.

"The determination by the MPUC affirms the Nemadji Trail Energy Center as an essential, flexible and highly efficient natural gas facility that will support expanding renewable energy resources. The decision authorizes our partner, Minnesota Power, to move forward with the Nemadji Trail Energy Center. We look forward to continuing work with Minnesota Power on the next steps of the project," said Rob Palmberg, Dairyland Vice President, Strategic Planning.

Just the Facts: Nemadji Trail Energy Center

•Proposed 525 to 550 MW combined cycle natural gas plant. It is scheduled to be in service by 2025, contingent on regulatory approvals.

•Agile, flexible and affordable energy source to enable and support renewable resources.

•The site is located in Superior, adjacent to the service territories of both Dairyland and Minnesota Power. Bayfield Electric Cooperative and other Dairyland member co-ops have served northwestern Wisconsin for decades, many for almost a century.

•Proposed at shovel-ready industrial site. Fuel availability is excellent, with access to existing natural gas pipelines and transmission infrastructure.

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