Duluth Steam Makes Changes, Plans for Future

Duluth Landmark Gets New Name, Logo

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It’s a Duluth landmark you probably drive by and don’t always notice.

It’s the Duluth Steam Plant and a big future for the plant is on the way.

“It’s an irreplaceable asset for the city of Duluth, even if it is 80 years old and has a few warts,” said Jim Green, general manager for Duluth Energy Systems.

It’s out with the old and in with the new.

Tuesday morning, a new name and logo was announced.

The switch was made to better fit the plant’s next steps of converting from a steam plant to using a hot water system.

“Instead of sending energy out to the buildings in the form of steam we would send it in the form of hot water and then loop that water back to the plant,” explained Green.

The change is being made to make the plant and city more environmentally friendly.

“It is the one project in this community that has the biggest potential of changing the carbon output of this community,” stated Jodi Slick, CEO of Ecolibrium3.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness says this is a project that will set Duluth apart, “This truly is a once in a generation, maybe once in several generations, opportunity for our community to modernize our district heating system.”

Construction will begin on Superior Street in 2017 to start the process of putting in the new pipes and should take three construction seasons to complete.  

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