Shakopee Energy Park
Shakopee Energy Park (SEP) 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.
SEP provides the Agency with peaking power during times of high energy use. The facility provides additional benefits to the Agency, including local interconnection to avoid high voltage transmission costs and increased local reliability. SEP also helps support business development in our member communities.
Like other MMPA facilities, Shakopee Energy Park goes beyond power generation and seeks to provide the Agency and its member community of Shakopee with a long-term energy supply asset for many years to come.
Our Plans for the Future
MMPA’s members’ electric demands are growing. This, combined with Elk River beginning to buy power from MMPA in 2018, creates the need for the Agency to plan for additional generating facilities in the next few years. MMPA’s plan is to add efficient resources to the Agency’s generating portfolio that help MMPA manage risks related to energy pricing, transmission, and environmental regulation.
In addition to the Shakopee project, Anoka and Chaska are also being evaluated to potentially host distributed generation plants.