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  • Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide
    The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production.February 10, 2013
  • Minn. slipping in wind power rankings
    Minnesota slipped two notches in the national wind power rankings, based on 2012 energy production. The state now ranks seventh in the U.S.January 30, 2013
  • Guardian Cos. buys ethanol plant for $55M
    The sale of a financially struggling ethanol plant in southern Minnesota is the latest evidence of tough times in the renewable fuel business.January 24, 2013
  • DOE cancels rule on high-efficiency furnaces
    The U.S. Department of Energy will rewrite energy efficiency standards for furnaces that were scheduled to go into effect in May for Minnesota and other northern states. The agency was poised to require newly installed furnaces in those cold-weather states be at least 90 percent efficient.January 18, 2013
  • Gas surges 7 cents after months of decline
    After months of dropping, gas prices are back on the upswing.January 14, 2013
  • Swanson: Ban temporary utility rate hikes
    The Minnesota Attorney General says she hopes the new Legislature will roll back the state's practice of allowing utilities to charge temporary rate increases.December 31, 2012
  • Construction of $30M energy plant begins in SW Minn.
    Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has started construction on a $30 million renewable energy plant in Le Sueur, 50 miles southwest of the Twin Cities.December 24, 2012
  • Excelsior Energy to build natural gas-fired power plant
    A company that spent more than $40 million in taxpayer money on a coal-gasification power plant that was never built, now says it has secured the land it needs to build a natural gas-fired facility.December 19, 2012
  • Gas prices drop 7 cents over past 2 weeks
    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks.November 19, 2012
  • Minn. refinery seeks OK for $400M upgrade
    Flint Hills Resources wants to spend $400 million to upgrade its refinery in Rosemount, a plan that would improve the facility's efficiency but also increase its output of greenhouse gases.November 18, 2012
  • Alaska ice tested as possible energy source
    Researchers are looking into frozen gas that looks like ice but burns like a candle as a possible future source of energy.November 11, 2012
  • Wind industries lay off hundreds of workers
    Hundreds of workers in our region are losing their jobs as wind turbine manufacturers cut production. The federal tax credit that subsidizes wind energy is set to expire at the end of the year, and political uncertainty is putting the brakes on the wind industry.November 6, 2012
  • Xcel Energy seeks 10.7% rate hike
    Xcel Energy filed a request for a $285 million rate increase on Friday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.November 3, 2012
  • US may soon become world's top oil producer
    U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.October 24, 2012
  • NRC to weigh Indian views on nuclear waste
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to hear the Prairie Island Indian Community's concerns about extending the license for a nearby nuclear waste storage facility.October 14, 2012

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