The 99-MW plant began generating power and steam on November 1. Steam produced will be used by a nearby malt processing and ethanol plant, according to the Associated Press.
The plant uses combined heat and power (CHP) technologies; Spiritwood Station’s fuel source is lignite coal, which is converted to a higher-efficiency fuel using new technologies.
Construction of the power plant wrapped up in a 2010 but startup was delayed due to a drop in electricity demand in Minnesota.
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