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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.
His car was found first and then the body two days later.
A judge recommended against the Duluth utility's proposed new plant in Superior, Wis.
Enbridge, Minnesota officials talking about pipeline security before latest approval for Line 3 replacement
Enbridge has already been "actively engaged" with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, county sheriffs and tribal police, an official said.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to grant Enbridge a "certificate of need" to build a replacement pipeline, and voted 3-2 for the route across northern Minnesota.
Possibility of civil unrest hangs over regulatory hearings on controversial Enbridge pipeline proposal
Commissioners talked about which route for the $2.6 billion project might cause disruption.
Chairwoman of the regulatory body said the commissioners are all aware of the "magnitude" of their decision.
The parties are working up to the final minute to make their cases.
N.Y. utility had claimed Minn. energy companies had an unfair advantage.
More details sought on the firm's controversial plan to build a $2.6 billion pipeline.
The company offers fresh assurances over safety of proposed oil pipeline, offering a corporate guarantee behind its new Line 3.
Ecological, tribal concerns loom over $2.6B project.
The state produced 1.22 million barrels per day in April, a 5 percent increase over March, officials said.
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