Services Provided


Midwest Energy Resources Company (MERC) is your means of access to a full range of competitive rail, vessel, and truck transportation options in delivering your western coal from the mines to your end-users. These transportation options, coupled with our state-of-the-art coal blending and transshipment terminal facility located in Superior, Wisconsin, combine to provide you with a highly competitive fuel delivery mechanism.

MERC Benefits to End-Users:

  • Competitive rail access to western coal mines
  • Supply of aluminum bodied railcars
  • Large capacity on-site terminal coal storage
  • Coal blending services for up to three (3) dissimilar quality coals simultaneously
  • Access to low-cost Great Lakes vessel bulk transportation
  • Combustion engineering, material handling, dust control and dust suppression consultation services included at no charge with service packages
  • Short or long-term contracts tailored to meet individual end-user requirements
  • One contract - one competitive price

- AND there is more -

Include Venture Fuels, our coal marketing partnership with Cloud Peak Energy (CPE), and western coal sourcing becomes part of the package. With Venture Fuels, a high-quality western coal to fit your individual requirements is delivered directly to your end user. Again, our advantage, one contract - one competitive price.

Midwest Energy Resources Company and Venture Fuels customers:

  • Consumers Energy
  • DTE Electric Company
  • Duluth Steam
  • Graymont Lime
  • Hibbing Public Utilities
  • Marquette Board of Light and Power
  • Minnesota Power
  • MP Taconite Harbor
  • New Brunswick Power
  • Nova Scotia Power
  • Silver Bay Power
  • U.S. Steel, Minntac
  • Virginia Public Utilities
  • WE Energies
  • Xcel Energy Inc.