Waste-to-Energy Power Plants in the USA -
Minnesota & Wisconsin
Elk River
Location: MN
Operator: Great River Energy
Configuration: 2 X 11.5 MW, 1 X 22.5 MW
Operation: 1950-1959
Fuel: RDF, gas
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Springfield, Riley Stoker
T/G supplier: Elliott
Quick Facts: Elk River began operation burning coal and oil. Beginning in 1963, the site hosted a 22-MW demonstration nuclear unit, and was then reconverted to coal and oil in 1968, and converted again to RDF in 1989. Daily fuel burn is about 1,250 tons, derived from 1,500 tons of MSW collected from five Minnesota counties.

Photograph courtesy of Great River Energy
Posted 6 Nov 2004

French Island
Location: WI
Operator: Xcel Energy
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW
Operation: 1940-1948
Fuel: RDF, wood
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Energy Products of Idaho
T/G supplier: AC
Quick Facts: In 1981 and 1987, the original stoker boilers were replaced by CFB boilers when the plant was converted to refuse firing. In 2004, Utility Engineering completed a variety of pollution control equipment upgrades.

Photograph courtesy of Minnesota Soc Professional Engineers
Posted 24 Dec 2004

Hennepin
Location: MN
Operator: Covanta Energy
Configuration: 1 X 38 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Distral
T/G supplier: Westinghouse
EPC: Blount International
Quick Facts: Covanta Hennepin has two 606tpd handling lines and processes aproximately 365,000 tpy of MSW. The facility also recycles approximately 11,000t of ferrous metal annually. Mercury control equipment was added in 1994. Electricity generated is sold to Xcel Energy by contract through 2018 and delivered to Xcel’s Aldrich Substation. The plan is owned by Hennepin County and administered through Hennepin County Environmental Services. Covanta is the contracted operator of the facility.

Photograph courtesy of Covanta Energy
Posted 4 Mar 2008

Perham
Location: MN
Operator: Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Configuration: 1 X 2 MW CHP
Operation: 1986
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Barlow
T/G supplier: Peter Brotherhood, Brush
Quick Facts: PLMSWA is a joint power agency of n Otter Tail, Becker, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The two-line Perham RRF processs about 35,000 tpy of MSW. It has steam supply contracts with Bongard's Creameries and Tuffy's Pet Foods Inc and a power-supply contract with Otter TailPower. The plant was originally built in 1986 as a straight incinerator by Quadrant Co, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Power. The plant was closed in 1998 and transferred to the City of Perham. The incinerator system was rebuilt in 2002 by Barlow Projects and retrofit with a used T/G set purchased from the Tynes Bay WTE plant in Bermuda.

Photograph courtesy of Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Posted 15 Feb 2014

Red Wing
Location: MN
Operator: Xcel Energy
Configuration: 2 X 11.5 MW
Operation: 1949
Fuel: RDF
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: FW
T/G supplier: GE
Quick Facts: Red Wing has two stoker boilers built for coal-firing and converted to RDF fuel in 1986. RDF is sourced from resource recovery facilities in Elk River and Newport, MN, which collect and process approximately 790,000 tpy of MSW. In 1998, The plant was retrofit with a dry lime scrubber and baghouse as part of a $12mn environmental improvement program. Red Wing burns about 200,000 tpy of RDF.

Photograph by slinger (twincitiesdailyphoto.com)
Posted 27 Jul 2008

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Feb-2014

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