Minnesota Power celebrates conversion of Laskin Energy Center to natural gas

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Minnesota Power division of ALLETE Inc. on Thursday celebrated the conversion of its Laskin Energy Center in Hoyt Lakes from coal generation to natural gas.

Laskin generating units one and two began generating electricity fueled by natural gas on June 16 and June 3, respectively.

The power plant’s two 55-megawatt coal-fired generating units were taken offline for the conversion in early March, about two weeks after the Laskin station received its last trainload of coal. As a natural gas “peaking plant,” Laskin will not operate continuously as it once did, but will only generate power when demand and economics dictate.

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