Electric

ALLETE manages the region’s investor-owned electric utilities,  Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light & Power. The region has six co-ops, including Arrowhead Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy, Lake Country Power, Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative, and North Itasca Electric Cooperative. There are also thirteen municipal electric providers.

Northland Connection has data for Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light & Power. We can provide data for other communities by request.


Minnesota Power

Electric Power

 

 

 

Name of Provider

Minnesota Power

Net Importer or Exporter of Power

Net Importer

Name of Power Pool Membership

Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO)

% of Reserve Margin including Generation & Net Purchases

7.8%

State Electric Power Deregulated (Provide date if Yes)

No

Electric Rates & Billings

 

 

 

Commercial/Industrial Monthly Rates

Small

Medium

Large

 

50 kW & 15,000 kWh; $0.0904

300 kW & 120,000 kWh; $0.0774

750 kW & 350,000 kWh; $0.0824

 

150 kW & 50,000 kWh; $0.0870

500 kW & 200,000 kWh; $0.0837

1,000 kW & 500,000 kWh; $0.0808

Commercial/Industrial Monthly Billings

Small

Medium

Large

 

50 kW & 15,000 kWh; $1,626.82

300 kW & 120,000 kWh; $10,829.68

750 kW & 350,000 kWh; $21,422.62

 

150 kW & 50,000 kWh; $4,351.60

500 kW & 200,000 kWh; $16,739.40

1,000 kW & 500,000 kWh; $40,404.00

Communities Served

Aurora, Babbit, Balkan Township, Barnum, Big Falls, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Bigfork, Bovey, Calumet, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Duluth, Eveleth, Floodwood, Hermantown, Hoyt Lakes, International Falls, La Prairie, Meadowlands, Northome, Ranier, Silver Bay, Tower, White Township

 

 

Source:  Nancy Norr, Regional Director, Economic Development, 218.355.3905, nnorr@mnpower.com; also Arik Forsman, Community Relations Specialist, 218.355.3303, aforsman@allete.com


Superior Water Light and Power

Electric Power

 

 

 

Name of Provider

Superior Water Light & Power

Net Importer or Exporter of Power

Net Importer

Name of Power Pool Membership

MISO/MAPP (Great River Energy)

% of Reserve Margin including Generation & Net Purchases

15% (Great River Energy)

State Electric Power Deregulated (Provide date if Yes)

No

Electric Rates & Billings

 

 

 

Commercial/Industrial Monthly Rates

Small

Medium

Large

 

50 kW & 15,000 kWh; $0.0833

300 kW & 120,000 kWh; $0.0776

750 kW & 350,000 kWh; $0.0755

 

150 kW & 50,000 kWh; $0.0841

500 kW & 200,000 kWh; $0.0727

1,000 kW & 500,000 kWh; $0.0684

Commercial/Industrial Monthly Billings

Small

Medium

Large

 

50 kW & 15,000 kWh; $1,500.22

300 kW & 120,000 kWh; $10,858.93

750 kW & 350,000 kWh; $19,635.71

 

150 kW & 50,000 kWh; $4,202.83

500 kW & 200,000 kWh; $14,450.55

1,000 kW & 500,000 kWh; $34,203.87

Communities Served

Superior, South Superior, Town of Superior

 

 

Source: Nancy Norr, Regional Director, Economic Development, 218.355.3905, nnorr@mnpower.com; also Arik Forsman, Community Relations Specialist, 218.355.3303, aforsman@allete.com

Natural Gas

In Duluth, Comfort Systems delivers natural gas to its customers. Five municipal natural gas providers, primarily on the Iron Range, also provide their communities with natural gas. The rest of the region is covered by Minnesota Energy Resources.

Northland Connection has data for the City of Duluth and Minnesota Energy Resources. We can provide data for other communities by request.


Natural Gas

Provider

Duluth Public Works Utilities (Comfort Systems)

 

 

Commercial / Industrial Firm

Rate 20 Small Volume – $46.00 fixed monthly charge; $0.850 commodity rate per CCF
Rate 30 Large Volume – $230 fixed monthly charge; $0.817 commodity rate per CCF

Commercial / Industrial Interruptible

Rate 50 Large Volume – $517.50 fixed monthly charge
$0.698 commodity rate per CCF

Communities Served

Duluth

Eric Shaffer, chief engineer, (218) 730-5072, eshaffer@duluthmn.gov

Provider               

 Minnesota Energy Resources

 

 

 

Average Cost for Industrial Users by Rate Class ($/mcf) – 2016 Averages

Firm Small Volume

Firm Large Volume

Interruptible Small Volume

Interruptible Large Volume

 

$9.55

$8.53

$5.54

$4.88

Firm Service Rates

Small Volume

Large Volume

 

$18.00/month +.74249/Therm +/- PGA

$45/month + .79022 +/- PGA

Interruptible Service Rates

Small Volume

Large Volume

 

$165/month + .51707/Therm +/- PGA

$185/month + .47770/Therm +/- PGA

Communities Served

Aitkin, Aurora, Barnum, Biwabik, Bovey, Buhl, Calumet, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Eveleth, Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Hermantown, Hinckley, Hoyt Lakes, International Falls, Keewatin, Kettle River, La Prairie, Moose Lake, Mountain Iron, Nashwauk, Proctor, Ranier, Sandstone, Silver Bay, Sturgeon Lake

Source: Pam Sarvela, Manager of External Relations, Minnesota Energy Resources, 218.878.2258, 218.393.2619 mobile

Steam

Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia have steam networks. Northland Connection has data for the City of Duluth, and we can obtain data for the City of Hibbing and City of Virginia by request.


Steam

Name of Provider

 Ever-green Energy

 

 

Plant Capacity (kph)

300

Current Peak (kph)

210

Average Annual Costs per klbs

$12.80

Communities Served

Duluth

Source: Jim Green, General Manager, Duluth Steam Plant: (218) 723-3601; jim.green@ever-greenenergy.com

Telecommunications

Broadband has taken hold throughout the Northland. Fiber optics are the primary source for high speed internet along with three primary wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Data Center Opportunities in the Northland

Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin offer an ideal location for data center expansion. With existing infrastructure and cool temperatures, the region is an attractive option for companies investing in additional data centers.

Broadband Expansion in Northern Minnesota

In 2016, the Minnesota State Legislature approved $35 million in funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband grant program. The grant will provide state resources to assist providers who invest in building infrastructure in underserved areas of the state.

Wastewater

Northland Connection has information for the City of Duluth. For the rest of the area, which includes more than 70 communities, we can provide data on demand.


Wastewater Treatment

Name of Provider

 Duluth Public Works and Utilities

Type of Service

Advanced Secondary

Rated Capacity (mgd)

100

Average Daily Demand (mgd)

16

Peak Demand (mgd)

80

Cost per 1000 Gallons

$7.59 (small commercial)

Wastewater Connection Fee

$940 per CAF unit (equivalent to average daily wastewater flow of 260 gallons)

Storm Drainage System

Yes

Communities Served

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Rice Lake)

Source: Eric Shaffer, chief engineer, 218.730.5072, eshaffer@duluthmn.gov Wastewater Treatment Data also came from WLSSD, 218.722.3336

Additional Notes: The Wastewater Treatment data came from Western Lake Superior Sanitary District with the exception of cost per $1,000 gallons and connection fee.

Water

Northland Connection has information for the City of Duluth. For the rest of the area, which includes more than 70 communities, we can provide data on demand.


Water Treatment

Name of Provider

Duluth Public Works and Utilities

Major Water Source

Surface Water

Rated Capacity (mgd)

40

Average Daily Demand (mgd)

18.5

Peak Demand (mgd)

33.5

Cost per 1000 Gallons

$5.39 (small commercial)

Water Connection Fee

N/A

Treatment Plant

Yes

Chemical Breakdown of Water

Fluoridated and Chlorinated

Booster Pump Required

Yes

Elevated Storage Capacity (gallons)

1 million

Total Storage Capacity (gallons)

68 million

Communities Served

Duluth (WLSSD Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Rice Lake Township)

Source: Eric Shaffer, chief engineer, 218.730.5072, eshaffer@duluthmn.gov