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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.
The Minnesota Supreme Court's decision lets stand a lower-court ruling that Kim Lund is entitled to $45 million for her stake in the Lunds & Byerlys supermarket chain.
Challenges are expected to the ruling, and the project also needs several federal and state permits before it can proceed.
Lower U.S. demand, plunge in exports made for rough 2018.
Oil prices are on the upswing after tanking in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota has "some of the best wind resources in the U.S.," new report says.
Frontier disputes state inquiry that found it failed customers, may have misused grants.
Xcel executive tells state utility regulators that its natural gas delivery model was not adequate for the load during the days that temperatures dipped to 25 below and worse.
He also had a long business career, but he's best known for his role in government.
Temperatures below negative 20 affected electricity sources from wind, gas and coal, report says.
Kim Lund says legal arguments in the supermarket company's attempt to overturn a $45 million award to her have all been answered by lower courts.
Firm said construction must start in June to meet the tight timeline.
No. 2 oil-producing state reached record highs during December.
It wants a $45 million award to Kim Lund after a family fight to be overturned.
Nine days after cold weather caused problems in Minnesota, Xcel instituted short-term electricity brownouts to counteract issue in the Rocky Mountains.
Governor's decision that threatens Enbridge's $2.6 billion project draws fire and cheers.
Oil imports by rail from Canada have hit a historic high, meaning more oil trains are rolling across Minnesota and raising the alert level of local emergency managers.
Japanese firm acquired U.S. Water Services, with 110 workers in St. Michael.
"Valve Turners" group notified the oil company, then filmed their protest.
It's the 14th consecutive year that the state's largest utility met or exceeded guidance.
All Xcel Energy natural gas customers are urged to lower thermostats to 63 because of "significant strain" on the utility's natural gas system. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools will be closed Thursday.
Final regulatory OK, plus state and federal permits, are pending
Plan needs regulatory approval before customers get payment.
State says producers still "cautiously optimistic" despite lower oil prices.
The development would be powered by two dedicated wind farms, according to a regulatory filing by Xcel.
The department had appealed state regulators' decision to approve the $2.6 billion project across northern Minnesota.
The program allows customers' energy consumption to be earmarked as renewable energy.
The report released Friday points to shoddy service, lax record keeping and inadequate capital investments.
With a crash in global oil prices, the average price Thursday for a gallon of gasoline was $2.10 in Minnesota and $2.25 nationwide.
Xcel voices concerns about expense, but advocates cite avoided outlays.
While solar energy still makes up only about 1 percent of Minnesota's power generation, it has grown from 1 megawatt of production capacity in 2008 to a projected 882 megawatts by the end of 2018.
Douglas Hoskins was convicted of charges related to stock price manipulation.
The lawsuits challenging state regulators' decision say it is not needed.
Opponents are expected to appeal regulators' approval of the $2.6 billion project.
In his 23 years on the Hennepin County bench, he overaw some controversial and chaotic cases.
Ryan Gilbertson was charged with several federal fraud offenses.
Cooperative Energy Futures develops arrays and then seeks subscribers who also essentially become shareholders.
Union said developer of Bitter Root project relies on out-of-state labor.
Meeting the goals might be challenging but are doable, the state-funded study said.
Wire and mail fraud are among the federal charges filed against Jamie Lee Smith.
Minnesota has met many set 11 years ago, but other states have grown more aggressive.
Theater of Public Policy hosted two public utilities commissioners but had to cancel event because of hecklers.
David Thomas Rougier used $835,000 in clients' money for personal expenses.
State utility regulators Monday declined to reconsider their approval of Enbridge's controversial new oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, setting the stage for a court appeal by pipeline opponents.
Tight labor market, low oil prices and winter weather could slow growth, officials said.
Improving economics should make renewable energy less costly, it says.
Low Canadian prices help 2 local refineries, but drivers aren't seeing much benefit.
Entrepreneur misspent $1 million in funds, didn't install turbines, feds say.
The deal, subject to regulatory approval, is with Southern Power.
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