Energy & Resources

  • From sunlight to farm waste, small cities create energy from what's on hand
    Looking to save on energy bills or trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions, small cities across Minnesota are installing green-energy projects.September 10, 2013
  • Minnesota's solar requirement could change how we see electrical grid
    Minnesota lawmakers this year required utilities to start buying more solar power from homeowners with panels on their roofs, but a key decision in coming months could determine how much anyone will take advantage.September 10, 2013
  • Ethanol plant using corn waste moves forward
    Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels is starting to hire workers for what could be the nation's first commercial-scale plant to make ethanol from corn crop waste instead of kernels.August 25, 2013
  • Some say industry arrogance fueled fracking anger
    The boom in oil and gas fracking has led to jobs, billions in royalties and profits, and even some environmental gains. But some experts say arrogance, a lack of transparency and poor communication on the part of the drilling industry have helped fuel public anger over the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.July 28, 2013
  • Xcel ends agreement on Goodhue wind
    Xcel Energy and the New Era Wind Farm have ended their power purchase agreement, making it even more unlikely the controversial Goodhue county wind project will be built.July 24, 2013
  • Gas prices down 4 cents over past 2 weeks
    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 4 cents over the past two weeks.June 23, 2013
  • FAQ: Minnesota's new solar energy law
    A new law provides money for incentives for homeowners and businesses that want to install solar panels on their property. Here are answers to questions regarding the law.June 14, 2013
  • Minn. solar power outlook sunny; Xcel forecast uncertain
    The solar industry and others who advocated for a new law are confident that more Minnesotans are willing to invest in renewable energy, and are excited about a section of the law that allows for community solar installations.June 14, 2013
  • 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, 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

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