Minnesota Power Plant (MPP) has decided to shut down its Lake Erie power plant in 2020.
The decision was made after years of debate between the company and state regulators over the quality of Lake Ontario power.
MPP is located in the northeastern part of the state and its owners have been trying to get the plant to stay in operation for years.
Minnesota Power also recently announced a major project to extend the power line to the southern portion of the island.
While MPP has faced some of the harshest regulations for coal-fired power plants in the country, it’s also one of the biggest consumers of renewable energy in the United States.
In a statement released Thursday, the company said it has taken “several years of hard work” to reach the decision.
The project, dubbed the Lake Erie Renewable Energy Project, is slated to cost taxpayers $12.5 billion.
The Lake Erie Power Authority (LEPA), which owns the plant, said it expects to generate about 1,500 megawatts of renewable electricity during the project.
The plant, located about 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis, will generate about 6,000 megawatts during the first phase.
But that number will drop as the project continues, the utility said.
“The plant is expected to meet its full load requirements for decades to come,” the company wrote in a statement.
The new project will use two of the company’s newest natural gas turbines.
Both will be made of the same type of metal that is used in natural gas power plants.
The turbines will generate up to 100 megawatts.
The other two turbines will be designed to produce up to 200 megawatts and are designed to be used with existing gas-fired generation.
The plants’ combined output will be about 1.6 billion kilowatts, which is more than a third of the energy output from the state’s other power plants (about 1.2 billion kilowsatt-hours).
The project is expected that it will generate at least one million kilowatt-hour per year.
In addition to generating electricity, MPP will also be producing waste water.
The utility said that it is looking for other uses for the waste water that it takes in from the power plant.
The lake, Lake Erie and Lake Michigan are considered the largest bodies of fresh water in the world.
Minnesota is the second largest state in the U.S. with nearly 3 million people, the fourth-largest state in Minnesota and the second-largest municipality in the state.
In 2014, the state added two new nuclear power plants that are expected to generate some 400 megawatts each.