The newly completed $30-million Fairmont Energy Station (FES) can now provide up to 25 megawatts of additional, high-efficiency, low-emissions energy. Four gas-fired, reciprocating internal-combustion engines,will increase diversity in the Agency’s portfolio and add operating flexibility – starting quickly when called upon and increasing reliability in Fairmont.
FES helps strengthen Fairmont's reliability as 12 MW of existing diesel generation was maintained after 25 MW of new generation are added. The plant, as an intermediate load facility, is expected to operate approximately 20% of the time and will be crucial for supporting wind generation as it can start quickly when the wind subsides. Fairmont Public Utilities provides electricity and related services to approximately 6,000 customers in the city of Fairmont, Minnesota.