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No. 2 oil-producing state reached record highs during December.
Firm said construction must start in June to meet the tight timeline.
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.
The vote was 3-2, with critics including ratepayers, clean energy groups and a state administrative law judge questioning whether the $700 million gas-fired power plant is needed.
The company's shares fell in early trading.
Both major-party gubernatorial hopefuls say they support Enbridge, but politics could prove dicey.
As oil production has soared, the U.S. frac sand mining industry has boomed over the past 18 months. But cutbacks in operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin may be part of a fundamental shift in U.S. frac sand production away from the Midwest.
The analysis was required by state regulators for the $2.6 billion project to proceed.
$25 million effort would support charging stations for public and agency use.
State regulators allowed the incentive because of a change in formula for an existing solar credit.
The center, the company's fourth delivery-related operation in the Twin Cities, will employ 450 part-time workers later this fall.
Clearwater County judge ruled prosecutors did not have enough evidence.
Rule change welcomed by farmers would allow E-15 fuel blend to be sold year-round.
OSHA fines plant for 13 safety violations after April explosion and fires that led to a citywide evacuation.
The 2012 trip "softened" Furst's anger about being exposed to Agent Orange, his wife said.
The public hearings are part of a state investigation into service at the phone and internet service company.
The state agency joined a handful of other groups in filing challenges to the June Line 3 decision.
Regulators were swayed by special conditions to meet noise levels proposed by the project's developer.
Capacity and workforce constraints could restrain further growth for state.
Minn. pollution-control regulators say background noise should be considered.
PUC was set to vote on whether Enbridge had met conditions imposed in June.
EnVerde founders hope to land funds necessary to build startup success story that will turn organic matter into synthetic fuel.
So far, its investments have not resulted in a working mine.
Deal with the Fond du Lac Band extends pipelines' presence on the northern Minn. reservation.
Xcel's new program aims at better charging system.
Big contracts would mean jobs for tribal members.
Customers would pay extra fee to get all or some of their gas from renewable sources.
Jeffrey Enright lists business expenses as some of his liabilities, including a pension payment.
Rainy weather, an abundance of natural gas and a tight labor market played a role in the decline, officials said.
Commerce officials are raising questions about coverage as part of their review of the company's proposed Line 3 project.
A total of six tribes are challenging PUC approval of the controversial pipeline in northern Minnesota.
Xcel said it expects the refunds, to be one-time credits on customers' bills, will be made by year's end.
Owners of Sellers Playbook, Exposure Marketing are facing nine fraud counts.
Connexus project marks a new step in Minnesota for renewable energy.
The explosion in April caused a raging fire that burned for hours and prompted entire neighborhoods in Superior to evacuate for hours.
Sandberg created machines that would in turn make everything from refrigerator systems to automobile steering wheels.
Northern Oil's stock rose 30 cents or nearly 9 percent.
Cultural survey by tribes along route of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline could be largest of its kind.
Xcel Energy posted a 16 percent increase in second-quarter profits, beating Wall Street estimates.
Brandon Elliott, who was named president and COO in May, is now the CEO.
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