Energy & Resources

  • Ethanol industry scrambles to keep incentives
    The once-popular ethanol industry is scrambling to hold onto billions of dollars in government subsidies, fighting an increasing public skepticism of the corn-based fuel and wariness from lawmakers who may divert the money to other priorities.July 16, 2010
  • Building a house that heats, powers itself
    One western Wisconsin man is building a house that will produce practically all the heat and power it needs. It's based on a German approach to home-building, called Passive House.July 16, 2010
  • GF air base has safety concerns about wind power
    The Air Force and officials at the University of North Dakota's aviation school are concerned about possible wind power development in the region.June 24, 2010
  • MDU, Otter Tail customers to pay for Big Stone II
    North Dakota customers of two utilities will be paying higher electric bills for three years for a power plant that will never be built.June 22, 2010
  • Bill McKibben on global warming
    Environmental activist Bill McKibben warned of the dangers of global warming 20 years ago. His latest book takes an angrier edge as he urges a change in our lifestyles or risk living in an inhospitable world.Midmorning, June 21, 2010
  • EPA: Climate bill costs less than postage stamp
    A climate and energy bill being pushed in the Senate would cost American households 22 to 40 cents a day - less than the cost of a first-class postage stamp, the Obama administration said Tuesday.June 15, 2010
  • Minnesota plant will produce fertilizer from wind
    The winds sweeping across the Northern Plains could soon help farmers fertilize their crops of corn, wheat and sorghum.June 9, 2010
  • Appeals court: Big transmission line project may go forward
    Eleven utilities, including Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, are building the 600 miles of lines to upgrade and expand the electric transmission grid.June 8, 2010
  • The environmental cost of oil's journey to Minnesota
    Although the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the attention of many Minnesotans, most of the state's oil comes from Canada, where oil sands production also carries environmental risks.June 4, 2010
  • Slideshow: The source and destination of Minnesota's oil
    While off-shore oil drilling has received a lot of attention recently because of its potential environmental costs, most of Minnesota's oil comes from Canada, where oil sands production also carries environmental risks. Crude oil arrives at the Flint Hills refinery in Rosemount, Minn. in a pipeline that runs more than 1,000 miles to Alberta, Canada.June 4, 2010
  • Will the oil spill change your behavior?
    Recent polls have indicated a drop in support for offshore drilling and an increased pro-environment stance among the American public. But will the oil spill really get Americans to reconsider their use of fossil fuels and change their behavior?Midmorning, June 2, 2010
  • Prairie Island unit back on line
    A unit at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing is back on line after it automatically shut down earlier this week.May 27, 2010
  • St. Paul offers no-interest loans for energy-saving home improvements
    The city of St Paul is offering no-interest loans of up to $6,500 for homeowners to make energy-saving improvements to their properties.May 19, 2010
  • Last year's solar installations break state record
    More solar energy systems were installed in Minnesota in 2009 than in any other year, state energy officials said Wednesday.May 19, 2010
  • Alternative fuel vehicles find more use among fleets
    Much of the crude oil consumed in the U.S. is used to create the fuel we burn in our cars and trucks. Now, some managers of fleet vehicles in both the private and public sectors are making efforts to reduce their dependence on crude by using alternative fuel vehicles.May 18, 2010

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