Minnesota Power to reduce more emissions at Boswell

Minnesota Power will spend up to $400 million improving emissions by about 90 percent at another of its power generation units at the Clay Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset. The Duluth News Tribune reports the story, though I heard about this elsewhere today. The improvements were required to meet tightening state standards, but the investment does indicate the company’s intention to continue its activities in northern Minnesota, where it’s also began investing in wind generation and solar power credits.

This current project would upgrade Unit 4, the “workhorse” of the plant, according to MP officials. The company spent a similar amount of money upgrading the oldest Units 1 and 2 over the past six years.

Having friends in the trades here on the Iron Range I’ve seen how these projects keep a large number of people in the area working over an extended period. The economy here is by no means perfect, but between this, Magnetation and the start of road construction, people are working.

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