Energy & Resources

  • 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
  • Calif. gas prices hit all-time high, twice
    California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.October 7, 2012
  • Otter Tail Power keeping coal plant till '20
    Otter Tail Power plans to keep its coal-fired plant in Fergus Falls operating through mid-2020 before building a gas-fired plant.October 4, 2012
  • Gas prices drop slightly over 2 weeks
    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline dipped by less than one penny -- about a third of a cent -- over the past two weeks.September 23, 2012
  • Decades of federal dollars helped fuel gas boom
    Those who helped pioneer the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, say their effort shows that the government should back research into future sources of energy -- for decades, if need be -- to promote breakthroughs.September 23, 2012
  • Xcel shuts down 2 Minn. nuclear reactors
    The Monticello plant has been operating at 10-percent power since the weekend, and operators shut down Prairie Island's Unit 1 plant Tuesday.August 14, 2012
  • Refinery problems, spill drive up Great Lakes gas
    A rare combination of pipeline and refinery problems has exacerbated already rising gas prices in the Great Lakes region, leading to surges of around 35 cents per gallon in just one week, officials said.August 4, 2012
  • The push to develop drought-resistant crops
    The lead researcher on this project at the is Dan Voytas of the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences talks about his research with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.July 18, 2012

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