The city of Duluth, Minnesota is embarking on a new $21 million energy initiative geared toward cutting coal consumption by 40 percent. The project was unveiled at a press conference on April 12 held symbolically in an empty coal bin at the city’s coal-burning power plant, which currently provides heat to 200 buildings in the city’s downtown core. The plant is being converted to natural gas. Every year, the city of Duluth burns more than 50,000 tons of coal at the downtown steam plant. The new initiative is expected to cut the plant’s carbon emissions by 15 percent, or about 13,000 tons.