Duluth boiler decision delayed

Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson

The city of Duluth’s plan to sell two steam boilers to Minnesota Power is on hold after regulators said the utility has more work to do on a related renewable energy project.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission put the proposed $2.5 million sale on hold Thursday because of unresolved issues dealing with Minnesota Power’s plans to make a $22 million investment in the Hibbard Energy Center that houses the boilers.

Commissioners said they are inclined to support the sale because it will help the city, but have questions about Minnesota Power’s plan to convert the boilers and the energy center to burn more biomass, such as wood materials.

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