EnergyForward is how we’re doing our part to provide safe, reliable and clean energy while helping to transform the way energy is produced, delivered and used in America. We’re strengthening the electric grid that delivers energy to homes, businesses and industry. We’re generating more power from renewable sources like the wind, water and sun. And we’re helping customers find ways to understand, manage and reduce their energy use.
Our road map to a clean energy future is based on a generation mix of one-third renewable energy, one-third coal and one-third natural gas.
Delivering safe, reliable electric energy from increasingly cleaner sources.
Ongoing investments and upgrades to support the continued reliability of our energy grid, integrate more renewable energy resources, enhance security, quicken responses to outages, and comply with federal standards. A smarter grid also will make it easier for you to track and manage your energy use and find new ways to save on your bill.
Total Average Residential Electric Rate is among the lowest
in the nation of 172 providers surveyed.—Edison Electric Institute, July 2016
Cleaner air, cleaner water
We are already making progress:
Two 65-megawatt coal-fired generators at Boswell Energy Center will be retired in 2018.
We’ll continue to operate Boswell Unit 3 and Unit 4, our two largest generators that are among the cleanest and most efficient in the nation.
MINNESOTA SOLAR ENERGY STANDARD: 1.5% OF ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR BY 2020.
We’re adding 33 megawatts of utility- and community-scale solar power, including a 10-megawatt solar energy array at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota. We also offer rebates for small-scale solar projects.
By 2025, We expect our CO2 emissions to decrease 30% from 2005 levels.
Melissa is an air quality manager, who came to Minnesota Power six years ago after working in environmental compliance in Michigan and Montana. Motivated by a desire to protect the environment, she earned degrees in environmental engineering and biology from Michigan Tech.
An avid hiker and cyclist, Melissa says one of the reasons she moved to Northern Minnesota is the quality of its environment. On the job, Melissa is charged with making sure Minnesota Power meets or exceeds air quality regulations enforced by state and federal agencies.
"We have some of the cleanest air in the country. I'm proud to work for a company that is so protective of that."
Pictured above fishing with his sons Tyler, 10, and Carter, 8, Kurt enjoys the outdoors like only a northern Minnesotan can. An avid boater and angler, he spends a lot of his leisure time enjoying the resources he's charged with protecting as Minnesota Power's environmental audit manager.
Kurt's professional background in aquatic toxicology helped prepare him to participate in the design of a novel wastewater treatment mechanism at Minnesota Power’s Laskin Energy Center that removes low levels of mercury through a series of sand filters. Use of this wastewater technology at Laskin was a first, both for the utility and for the state of Minnesota.
For Kurt, the responsibility of protecting northern Minnesota's environment is professional, but it's also very personal.