Energy & Resources

  • Where are the green jobs?
    With the collapse of Solyndra, a California solar company that received millions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and was praised by President Obama, many people are questioning the rhetoric about the green economy. Was too much promised?Midmorning, September 15, 2011
  • County board asks to reconsider wind turbine project
    The Goodhue County Board is among the groups calling on the state's Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a wind project in southeastern Minnesota.September 12, 2011
  • Obama to announce new fuel economy standards Friday
    The Obama administration has reached a compromise with automakers for boosting fuel efficiency for cars and light-duty vehicles by 2025.July 27, 2011
  • Heat wave could spur record electricity use
    With triple-digit temperatures a good possibility, this week's heat wave could help set a new record for electricity use in the state, as Minnesotans crank up air conditioners.July 18, 2011
  • Controversial 50-turbine wind farm approved
    The State Public Utilities Commission approved a controversial 50-turbine wind farm in Goodhue County.June 30, 2011
  • Nuclear agency renews Prairie Island permit
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is renewing Xcel Energy's permit to operate its Prairie Island nuclear power plant for another 20 years.June 28, 2011
  • White House considers big boost to fuel economy
    The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025.June 28, 2011
  • Minnesota's ethanol industry faces uncertain future
    Not only has ethanol production stalled out in the United States and taken at least a symbolic blow in Congress, what once was billed as the next generation in making ethanol has been slower to build than expected.June 27, 2011
  • 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

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