Elk River power plant to be decommissioned

Demolition planned for spring 2020

The power plant that has stood south of downtown Elk River for nearly 70 years has been taken out of service and will be demolished. Elk River Energy Recovery Station

“Great River Energy will conduct demolition activities in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment and assure the safety and security of our employees and the local community,” said Tim Steinbeck, Great River Energy’s director of resource recovery.

The plant closed March 15 following years of economic challenges resulting from insufficient municipal solid waste and low prices in the regional energy market.

Decommissioning and dismantling of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station power plant will begin this fall, signaling the start of a demolition and restoration process that will last more than a year. Additional security fencing will be installed prior to the commencement of work.

The power plant was part of the Elk River Resource Recovery Project, a renewable, waste-to-energy project that consisted of the Energy Recovery Station, Elk River Resource Processing Plant and a landfill in Becker, Minnesota. Great River Energy is in talks with organizations interested in purchasing the processing plant. The landfill has been safely covered in accordance with permit requirements while its long-term future is evaluated.

Great River Energy will continue its commitment to the local communities as it will continue to have more than 100 employees and several facilities in Elk River.

Great River Energy is owned by and provides wholesale electricity to 28 electric cooperatives in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, all of which are member-owned, not-for-profit organizations.

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