The Duluth steam plant and system has officially been placed under the new management of Ever-Green Energy Duluth, the city announced Monday afternoon.
The same management company helped District Energy St. Paul shift from a system that relied heavily on coal to one that now primarily uses thermal, solar, cold water storage and biomass energy sources.
Duluth's system is powered mainly by coal.
The Duluth City Council approved a 5-year management agreement with the company in June. Ever-Green will study Duluth's steam operations during the coming year and will then be asked to develop a 5-year plan to improve efficiency and expand the system's local customer base.
The company continues to employ staff who worked for the Duluth Steam Cooperative.