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  • New MN solar law boost to fledgling industry
    A new Minnesota law requiring investor-owned utilities to get more of their electricity from solar power by the year 2020 means farms like the one Doug and Jane Popp own near Royalton are likely to become a more common sight.May 31, 2013
  • ND co. proposes $650M natural gas pipeline
    Bismarck-based WBI Energy Inc. said Thursday that it is gauging demand for a pipeline to move natural gas from western North Dakota's booming oil patch.May 30, 2013
  • Gas prices drop 14 cents in 2 weeks
    According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.53. That's down about a nickel from last week and 14 cents less than 2 weeks ago.April 14, 2013
  • Southern Minn. ethanol plant may be sold
    An ethanol company says it may sell a plant it owns in Fairmont, in southern Minnesota. It's the latest indication of the ethanol industry's financial troubles.March 27, 2013
  • Feds block proposed oil pipeline extension
    Federal regulators have rejected a request by Enbridge Inc. for the go-ahead to move forward with a proposed $2.5 billion oil pipeline expansion in North Dakota.March 23, 2013
  • Minnesota's frac sand mining rules already outweigh Wisconsin's
    Mining experts say Minnesota's frac sand rules are already more stringent than Wisconsin's, and that could affect the industry's growth in the two states.March 19, 2013
  • Enbridge seeks to pipe more oil to Superior
    Enbridge Inc. is seeking State Department approval for a sharp increase in its oil deliveries from Canada's tar sands region to Superior.March 17, 2013
  • Hearings begin for proposed Xcel rate hike
    Xcel Energy customers in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota will be able to comment on Xcel's proposed $285 million rate hike during the month of March.March 3, 2013
  • Gasoline prices continue to jump
    The average price for a gallon of gasoline across the U.S. is up to $3.67 a gallon.February 17, 2013
  • 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

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