MMPA’s Shakopee Energy Park Now Producing Electricity
March 7, 2017
New natural-gas-powered plant achieves commercial operation.
Shakopee Energy Park, owned and operated by the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA), has achieved commercial operation and is producing electricity from clean-burning natural gas.
The 46-megawatt (MW) facility, located in Shakopee near Canterbury Park, uses fuel-efficient reciprocating engines to generate local, reliable power for Shakopee as well as contributing to the overall power supply for all MMPA member communities.
“The facility is a great addition to our growing community,” said Shakopee Mayor Bill Mars. “Shakopee Energy Park provides our residents and businesses with long-term efficient, competitive, and reliable electrical supply, which is delivered by Shakopee Public Utilities. In turn, our community’s future economic development and sustainability goals are supported. Public power is stronger than ever with the addition of MMPA’s Shakopee Energy Park.”
Mars also noted that MMPA sought out local contractors and businesses, such as Greystone Construction, for the project’s construction, which meant more local jobs.
Shakopee is home to several major new business developments, including large facilities by Amazon and Shutterfly.
MMPA’s management partner, Avant Energy of Minneapolis, managed the facility’s design and construction, and provides operations management for the plant.
“This facility demonstrates our commitment to local, efficient power generation,” said Derick Dahlen, Avant Energy President & CEO. “We put a lot of effort into designing an attractive facility that will be a long-term asset to Shakopee.”
John Crooks, Shakopee Public Utilities Manager and Chairman of the MMPA Board of Directors, said, “Our board and management believe in investing in clean, efficient technologies because it is the right thing to do both environmentally and economically.”
Shakopee Energy Park, with its fast-start Wartsila engines, is part of MMPA’s strategy to maintain power supply flexibility. The Agency takes a long-term approach to power supply planning that includes assembling a diversified portfolio containing both conventional and renewable resources. This approach ensures that the Agency is well positioned to continue delivering reliable, competitively-priced power to its members, while creating value for the Agency and its members.
Other MMPA member utilities include: Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, and Winthrop.