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Red Wing Generating Station

Key facts:


The Red Wing Generating Plant proves that a combination of ingenuity and technical advances can offer innovative solutions for today’s waste disposal problem. Built in the 1940s as a coal-fired generating facility, Red Wing’s two units were converted in 1986 to burn refuse-derived fuel. RDF is a fluffy, burnable fuel produced from municipal solid waste. The processed municipal solid waste provides a low-cost fuel alternative to generate electricity and reduces the amount of material going to landfills.

The RDF burned at the Red Wing plant is produced at a resource recovery facility in Newport, MN as well as a City of Red Wing waste operation. Each year the Red Wing plant incinerates 200,000 tons of RDF, producing enough electricity to power 50 percent of Red Wing homes.

The Red Wing plant is located amidst the scenic Mississippi River bluffs of southeastern Minnesota, just below Barn Bluff, a popular hiking area.

Environmental Highlights

The plant employs a combination duct scrubber with a baghouse to effectively meet emissions requirements from incinerating refuse-derived fuel. The scrubber treats flue gas with a water spray and dry lime, while the baghouse traps particulate by forcing gas streams through microfiber filter bags.

Community Involvement

Red Wing staff supports a variety of local civic activities and many employees are involved in youth athletic programs. The plant is a sponsor with the Red Wing YMCA in a youth summer activity called “What’s in the River?”.

For More Information Contact 1-800-895-4999

Energy Saving Tip

Energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs may cost a bit more up front, but they can save big money over the life of the product. Plus, some energy-efficient equipment may be eligible for rebates to offset the initial cost.


May is National Electric Safety Month

Before beginning an outdoor project, be aware of overhead electric lines and keep yourself, your ladders and tools at least 10 feet away from them.

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