Energy & Resources

  • Xcel wins approval to move forward on wind
    The decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission means Xcel Energy can go ahead with two projects in southern Minnesota and two in North Dakota.October 18, 2013
  • Fate of Minn. renewable energy law in judge's hands
    A federal judge could soon decide the fate of Minnesota's six-year-old renewable energy law, which North Dakota officials say is an unconstitutional overreach.October 17, 2013
  • Proposed Lake Superior oil terminal stalls
    Oil tankers won't be sailing from western Lake Superior to the East Coast for now. The terminal would have shipped crude from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.September 23, 2013
  • Survey: US gas prices ease up a bit
    Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, San Francisco has the highest price at $4.01 a gallon. Charleston, S.C., has the lowest at $3.14 a gallon.September 23, 2013
  • Natural gas may be easier on climate than coal
    From the standpoint of global warming, burning natural gas can be better than burning coal, a study published this week suggests. This is a contentious issue among people who are opposed to the natural gas drilling practice known as fracking.September 17, 2013
  • Grand Marais looks to harvest heat from an overcrowded forest
    On the leading edge of interest in community energy generation, Grand Marais is contemplating using locally harvested wood to heat its buildings.September 10, 2013
  • 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

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