Minnkota Power Cooperative
The Milton R. Young Station is the primary mine-mouth generating facility for Minnkota." Located near the town of Center, N.D., the Young Station consists of two units that are supplied with lignite coal from the adjacent mines of BNI Coal, Ltd.
Young 1, owned and operated by Minnkota, has a Babcock & Wilcox cyclone-fired boiler coupled to a 250-megawatt (MW) General Electric steam turbine generator. Young 1 began commercial operation on Nov. 20, 1970.
Young 2, which began generating electricity on May 11, 1977, has a Babcock & Wilcox cyclone-fired boiler coupled to a 455-MW Westinghouse turbine generator. Young 2 is owned by Square Butte Electric Cooperative and operated by Minnkota. The output from Young 2 is purchased under contract by Minnkota and Minnesota Power of Duluth, Minn., Minnkota has begun exercising options, beginning in 2006, to purchase up to 50 percent of the Young 2 generation by 2009. In 2013, Minnkota will begin receiving an increasing allocation of the Young 2 generation.
Minnesota Power purchased from Square Butte a 465-mile, Center to Duluth DC transmission line. Minnesota Power will use the transmission line to deliver wind energy that it is developing at the Young Station to its service area near Duluth.
In return, Minnkota receives the increasing allocation of the Young 2 output of energy and capacity. Between 2013 and 2026, Minnesota Power's current 50 percent allocation of Young 2 output will transfer to Minnkota. By 2026 and thereafter, Minnkota will purchase 100 percent of the Young 2 generation.
This will give Minnkota 227.5 megawatts of additional capacity and the related energy.
The Young Station consistently ranks among the nation's lowest-cost, coal-fired generating plants.
Minnkota Station Officers
President - Jesse Lackman
Vice President - Trever Himmelspach
Secretary/Treasurer - Cheryl Hack
Steward - Brandon Zinne
Steward - Jayden Zinner
Steward - Trever Himmelspach (alternate)
Steward - Matt Reuter (alternate)
Labor Management Committee
Scott Caya/Robert Ell
U1 or U2 E2 Operator
Robert Ell/Scott Caya