Energy & Resources

  • 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
  • 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

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