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Duluth to renovate steam plant

Associated Press

DULUTH — Work was scheduled to begin this week on a $4.2 million plan to reduce the amount of coal used by the city’s steam plant.

Crews will update coal pulverizers, install new boiler controls, wrap valves and expansion joints with insulation blankets, repair the plant’s smokestack and replace its coal conveyance system.

Analysts predict that the improvements will lead to a 17 percent cut in the plant’s coal consumption, said Jerry Pelofske, manager of the Duluth Steam Cooperative Association.

The plant delivers steam to more than 225 buildings in Canal Park and the city’s downtown, including the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

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