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  • Future of ethanol looks cloudy in Congress
    The ethanol industry has had many friends in Congress over the years who have given it preferential treatment, but a key vote last week in the U.S. Senate suggests a tight federal budget is making those friends more scarce.June 24, 2011
  • Wind power project holds grand opening in Cosmos
    The project near the central Minnesota town of Cosmos is made up of two wind farms owned by separate local groups. They were formed by neighbors, friends and farmers who saw it as another way to use their land to generate income.June 23, 2011
  • Utility savings gets bump by rebate, incentives
    Minnesota utilities customers are saving enough electricity to power about 120,000 homes for a year through a rebate program that encourages energy-related improvements to homes.June 21, 2011
  • Regulators weaken safety rules to accommodate nuclear power industry
    Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an AP investigation found.June 20, 2011
  • U of M power plant going greener
    The University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis quite literally runs on lots and lots of steam. It's used for heating in the winter, and powers equipment that provides air conditioning in the summer. That steam is created at a power plant fired by coal and natural gas. But because of concerns over pollution, U of M officials say they're going to drastically reduce the amount of coal burned at the facility near downtown Minneapolis.June 3, 2011
  • Minn. AG seeks end to CenterPoint tiered gas rates
    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to suspend a CenterPoint Energy pilot rate pricing program in which customers are charged progressively more as their gas usage increases.June 1, 2011
  • Xcel Energy CEO announces retirement
    Richard Kelly, the chief executive officer of Xcel Energy, has announced he will be retiring from the utility company in August.May 18, 2011
  • Obama calls for an end to tax breaks for oil, gas industries
    Exxon Mobil Corp. this week reported nearly $11 billion in profits for the first quarter of this year. Competitors also had huge gains.April 30, 2011
  • Future of bio materials topic of Moorhead conference
    Business leaders, researchers and investors are meeting Wednesday in Moorhead to talk about the future of bio materials in the region.April 27, 2011
  • Oil firms seek to prove they can contain spills
    A year after the disaster at BP's Macondo well, the bar for Gulf drilling permits has been raised.April 19, 2011
  • China faces the threat of its own Fukushima
    At least 32 plants in operation or under construction in Asia are at risk of one day being hit by a tsunami, nuclear experts and geologists warn.April 19, 2011
  • Dem. report: carcinogens injected into wells
    Millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005-2009, a report by three House Democrats said. The chemicals are injected during hydraulic fracturing, a process used to allow access to natural gas reserves previously considered uneconomical.April 17, 2011
  • Despite no new plants, Minn. company still part of the nuclear process
    A factory in Hutchinson is about to ship a huge crane overseas. The crane is key to a new crop of nuclear reactors that, for now, aren't welcome here.April 15, 2011
  • Authorities now say Japan's nuclear disaster reaches Chernobyl level
    The level 7 -- the highest level on the internation scale -- signifies a "major accident" with "wider consequences" than the previous level, according to the standards scale.April 11, 2011
  • USDA program seeks to increase use of E-85 fuel
    The federal government wants to increase production and use of a higher blend of ethanol fuel by giving financial assistance to gas stations that install more pumps for the fuel, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.April 9, 2011

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