Baseload Diversification Study

Location: Minnesota

Client: Minnesota Power

Completion Date: 2012

Minnesota Power retained Burns & McDonnell to develop a future power supply plan and assist with development of a resource planning model in support of a regulatory filing. Upon completion of the study, Burns & McDonnell prepared a formal report with recommendations. Burns & McDonnell used Strategist, a resource planning software tool, to analyze and develop study conclusions and recommendations. Burns & McDonnell also trained Minnesota Power staff on advanced use of the Strategist software.

Burns & McDonnell also helped Minnesota Power finish updating and file its 2013 Integrated Resource Plan. The public version of the report can be read at this link.

  • New power supply planning
  • Existing power supply planning
  • Retirement studies
  • Renewable energy standard analysis
  • Locational marginal pricing (LMP) market analysis
  • Environmental assessments
  • Avoided cost

Minnesota Power is an investor-owned utility serving customers in northeastern Minnesota. The objective of this study was to determine a future power supply, including retirements, that would meet ratepayer energy requirements and minimize utility costs under various levels of prescribed fuel diversity.