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Regulators are expected to take about a year to weigh the utility's full increase request.
The update to a key pipeline across Minnesota will employ 4,000 people at its peak.
The refinery that supplies half of the motor fuel in Minnesota has gotten a $400 million upgrade.
Production in October looks better than in September, and it may set a record, an official said.
Utility rate increases are poised to push Minnesota past the national average.
Energy-transportation firm is still owed millions by Minn. counties.
The problem happened at a regulator station built last summer, CenterPoint said.
Service was restored gradually, and by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday all but 17 customers were back online, a CenterPoint spokesman said.
The utility's proposal, which will be scrutinized by regulators, would cost its electricity customers an average of about $110 more per year by 2020.
An oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in northeastern North Dakota this week is the second significant leak in two years on a crude oil…
CenterPoint's request would raise average residential bill by 8.7%.
Heartland Corn Products, a southern Minnesota ethanol producer, has agreed to pay a $53,000 fine for a number of state environmental violations.The violations were discovered…
The utility's chief executive called the performance "solid" but Xcel expects bigger profit growth in 2020.
Settlement offers future guarantees that the rural service will improve.
Regulators question phone company's remedy plan.
The utility laid new pipes and changed its cold temperature modeling after 180 customers were without heat as temperatures dropped to 30 degrees below zero in early 2019.
The Minneapolis firm, which publishes Minnesota Bride, owes creditors more than $2 million.
Completion comes just as e-cig industry is taking a beating.
Agency directed to address flaws found in environmental impact statement.
Xcel will still buy the plant, but through an unregulated subsidiary so shareholder bear risk.
Utility's report on long-term generation receives mixed grades.
Juhl says small installations could help the utilities keep renewable supplies steady.
The ruling restarts the oft-stalled process of gaining approvals to build a replacement for the corroding Line 3.
Continuing turmoil has prices at a multiyear low.
The recent attack on Saudi facilities could raise prices, hike production further.
The Minneapolis-based company is one of three utilities working with the federal government to see if a cost-effective process can be developed.
Corn Plus, run by a farmers cooperative, said it was losing $100,000 a week.
Xcel says the Monticello nuclear plant guards employed by G4S are not following the picketing rules, interfering with workers' access to the plant.
Union at impasse with G4S, provider of security at the plant.
Contract talks have broken down between the security contractor and union representing 25 guards.
Fond du Lac band supported the rerouting of part of Enbridge's Line 4.
The union did not specify the allegations against executive director John Westmoreland.
Growing role of renewable energy and transmission capacity are part of the focus.
The country's second-largest oil producing state produced 1.42 million barrels of oil per day in June.
Xcel Energy's proposed $650 million purchase of a gas-fired power plant in Mankato has run into strong opposition from two state agencies concerned about its potential impact on ratepayers.
Advanced BioEnergy of Bloomington liquidates, as the industry struggles.
Company says co-founder is leaving to pursue opportunities outside the Williston Basin.
Minnesota's biggest utility also contended with growing expenses.
The town up on the Iron Range makes do without being connected to the power grid, using batteries, solar panels and other technology.
State regulators said the proposal lacked solid accountability of sources and could cost too much.
The St. Paul native was the Soo Line's general counsel for a time and wrote several books on vintage cars and trains.
British firm National Grid also buying a 51% stake in a joint venture for wind and solar generation.
While oil production was up a bit, natural gas was down, state officials said.
Canadian company opens shop on Iron Range to take advantage of shifting U.S. trade policies.
The PUC will try to fix their flawed environmental review of Enbridge's proposed $2.6 billion oil pipeline rather than go to the state Supreme Court.
As utility shifts from coal to renewables, gas plants, other technology may fill gap.
Critics worry about Swiss mining giant's ownership in the event of future pollution.
Backed by global mining giant Glencore, PolyMet Mining Corporation's executives are courting bankers for nearly $1 billion to finance the project, hoping to start construction next year.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it needs to consider another environmental review.
Monthly oil production was flat; prices have officials concerned.
U conference keynote likened global warming to the ozone depletion problem of the 1970s.
State utility regulators have voted to increase reporting requirements.
Companies finding tight labor market means they need to up their game to get the people they need.
Members were angered by a series of revelations, including that CEO Bruce Kraemer had gotten the bonus in connection with the 2006 sale of Hunt Technologies, a for-profit affiliate of the nonprofit electricity provider.
After a major outage in August that led to almost 700 dropped 911 calls in Minnesota, regulators have found weaknesses in CenturyLink’s administration of the…
Line 3 replacement may be delayed further due to "inadequate" environmental study.
Legislators found no common ground on proposals ranging from carbon free electricity to electric vehicle subsidies.
"Baseload" plants will likely still be needed as the utility gets more power from renewable sources.
Within 11 years, Xcel says it can end coal generation in Minnesota, but it also plans to extend the life of its Monticello nuclear plant by another decade to 2040.
At issue is the sale of an affiliated tech firm more than a decade ago.
PUC held up the project after objections to developer's use of nonunion workers.
The state still has not met goals to reduce flaring of natural gas.
State regulators on Tuesday approved Google's electricity contracts with Xcel Energy, which the tech giant said was 'critical' to the project.
William “Bill” Connell’s first bombing mission in 1944 would also be his last. Shot down over an island in the Pacific Ocean, he would endure…
A $265 million stock offering could result in Glencore becoming majority owner.
Senate and House proposals far apart on solar, EV funding, Xcel's responsibilities.
Some customers received bounced checks or late payment fees as CenterPoint tried to fix its mistake.
An investigatory panel urges the EPA to revisit its guidelines regarding the chemical, which can be deadly.
Sales fell in three of its four business units, and profitability was hurt across the board.
The payments, made in 2006 in connection with the sale of an affiliated company, have been brought up recently at a board meeting and in letters to Brainerd area newspapers.
Gov. Tim Walz wants Minnesota's electric power to be completely green energy by 2050. How to reach that goal remains a puzzle.
State utility regulators approved the Minneapolis-based utility's plan to distribute the money.
Officials said they believe the decline is weather related and should be temporary.
Husky to invest $400 million to rebuild plant but won't ditch the highly toxic chemical dispute residents' opposition.
Once rare, tax bill challenges are mounting and the potential cost to local governments is rising.