Updated:
Original:

Trees toppled in Duluth storms will be turned into energy

Author:

The recent storms that rolled through Minnesota – knocking out power and toppling trees – have left quite the mess behind.

But a power plant in Duluth has decided to put the logs and branches to good use.

The City of Duluth is collecting debris and bringing it to Minnesota Power Hibbard plant. It's a renewable energy center that will be using the waste as fuel.

Minnesota Power's Amy Rutledge says the plant usually uses wood waste from area loggers to "create steam for the adjacent Verso paper and recycle mills, and to generate renewable energy" for customers.

Recently, the plant partnered with the City of Duluth so that tree debris will be taken there and turned into renewable energy, Rutledge tells BringMeTheNews.

It's a fast way to get rid of waste.

The Duluth News Tribune says the plant consumes up to 40 semitrailer loads a day.

Seeing that a city spokesperson has described the amount of tree waste as "rather overwhelming," that seems to be an effective option.

Spokesperson Pakou Ly tells BringMeTheNews that they are "still in collection mode" as home owners begin to get out and clean up their yards, so there is not an estimate on how much debris will be collected at this time.

More storms are coming.

It doesn't look like Minnesota's getting much of a break from storms, either.

The weather for this weekend looks great – sunshine and 70 to 80 degree temperatures for most of the state.

Enjoy that – because there are thunderstorms in the forecast for much of next week. There's not much information yet on how strong those will be.

For more information on Duluth's storm clean up processes, click here.

Next Up

FLickr - USFWS Midwest - white-tailed deer

CWD-positive farm in WI had shipped deer to 2 MN farms, DNR says

The Minnesota DNR's commissioner called the discovery "deeply concerning."

Dr Scott Jensen health freedom conference Sept 25 2021 screengrab

Dr. Scott Jensen continues to tout unproven ivermectin as treatment for COVID

The gubernatorial candidate suggested skeptics "get some worms and have them creep out of your anus."

west st paul menards robbery suspect - crop

Twin Cities Menards worker opens store, finds armed man demanding cash

The suspect was already in the store when the employee got there at 4:30 a.m.

Kirk Cousins

Buy or sell the Minnesota Vikings as a true contender?

The schedule is daunting, but the Vikings have a chance to show the world that they're the real deal.

Pixabay - footballs stock

School board won't comment on 'police investigation' involving football team

The Proctor School Board chair stated their policy during Monday's board meeting.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist killed on I-94 may have been braking for animal

The crash closed I-94 in Wisconsin for three hours.

curl mesabi curling club

Curling Olympic trials will be held on the Iron Range instead of California

Mixed doubles curling has been moved to Minnesota over COVID-19 concerns.

sun country landline

Sun Country to offer luxury car service to MSP Airport

It's Sun Country's new Door-to-Door service, in partnership with Landline.

st. paul homicide - 30 block of Winnipeg Avenue West

St. Paul man arrested after calling police to report he killed his wife

The man was outside the police station when he called 911.

rabbit

Highly contagious rabbit disease detected for first time in MN

Two indoor rabbits "died suddenly and inexplicably" from the disease earlier this month.

Salted Nut Roll

New seasonal varieties of the Salted Nut Roll have arrived

There will never be enough pumpkin spice to satisfy the world.

Related

Storms topple trees, knock out power to 67,000

Storms knocked out power to about 67,000 people around the Twin Cities metro as storms rolled east into Wisconsin. It'll be hot and muggy Tuesday, with more storms possible Tuesday night. The forecast calls for a cooler Wednesday.