Ever-Green Energy Approved as New Duluth Steam Plant Manager

By KBJR News 1

Ever-Green Energy Approved as New Duluth Steam Plant Manager

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Duluth City Council voted to approve an agreement for Ever-Green Energy to operate and manage the Duluth Steam Plant.

Under the agreement, the company will also come up with a five year plan to help decide what type of green efficiencies and improvements could be made.

The City of Duluth would retain ownership over the plant and would still be in charge of the budget, rates and capital improvements.

Residents pointed to Ever-Green Energy as a leader in green energy, looking to the company's St. Paul energy project as an example.

"I really like that Ever-Green is in it for management. They know what they're doing. I have a confidence about that and I believe so strongly that as a city I really like that we have some control over that utility and that service that we are providing," said City Councilor Emily Larson.

The company will spend 15 months speaking with customers to decide how to best serve them and improve the plant.

All but Councilor Jay Fosle voted to approve the new management.

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