Minnesota Power submitted the Arrowhead Regional Emission Abatement (AREA) Project to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in October 2005. The proposed project involves Minnesota Power installing additional air pollution control equipment at Syl Laskin and Taconite Harbor coal-fired power plants in northern Minnesota.
If this proposal meets certain requirements, Minnesota Power is allowed to recover the costs of these upgrades through rate increases. These requirements are spelled out in Minn. Stat. § 216B.1692.
As part of the process to determine whether this proposal meets these requirements, the MPCA is required to:
- verify that the emission reductions project qualifies under Minn. Stat. § 216B.1692, Subd. 1;
- provide a description of the projected environmental benefits of the proposed project; and
- assess the appropriateness of the proposed project.
The MPCA recently completed its review of the AREA, and found that the project will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury from these power plants. The MPCA also concluded that the project meets the requirements allowing for cost recovery.
To learn more about Minnesota Power’s proposal, read the file attached below.