Converting Waste into Energy
From 400,000 tons of waste RRT produces enough fuel to power more than 22,000 homes each year. The fuel is burned at Two Xcel power facilities in central Minnesota. The energy is considered “baseload power” – a dependable, reliable source of energy that can be distributed by the electric utilities any time of day. Other renewable energy alternatives, such as solar or wind power, are only available when the sun shines or the wind blows.
As Minnesota utilities (e.g. Xcel) work to implement the recent mandate that 30 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable fuel sources, RRT’s dependable, renewable biofuel should continue to be an important part of Xcel’s energy plan.