Minnesota Power completes major environmental improvement project at its largest generating station

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cohasset, Minn. – Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center will generate electricity more cleanly and reliably for many years to come with the completion of a major emissions reduction project.

The three-year environmental improvement project at Boswell Unit 4 recently wrapped up in Cohasset and is online and generating power to meet customers’ energy needs. The environmental upgrade is reducing mercury emissions by 90 percent and also significantly reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and particulates, meeting all state and federal regulations. Unit 4, capable of producing 585 megawatts, is Minnesota Power’s largest coal-fired generating unit. Minnesota Power is an operating division of ALLETE Inc.

“The new state-of-the-art technology at Boswell 4 will make the generating unit among the cleanest and most efficient in the nation while helping to preserve the reliable and affordable power our customers expect,” said Al Hodnik, ALLETE chairman, president and CEO. “The project is the latest achievement in our initiative to further lower emissions that began in 2006, and it demonstrates Minnesota Power’s commitment to a balanced energy future through its EnergyForward strategy to help transform the nation’s energy landscape.”

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