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With two CO2 pipelines planned to cross Minnesota, there is a void in state regulations over whether they are hazardous. The Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of new rules on Thursday.
Two of these multistate pipelines, which would carry carbon dioxide from ethanol plants, will have portions of their routes in Minnesota.
As the energy feeding the regional electricity grid changes from coal to more renewable, a big spike in demand could cause a power shortfall, the grid regulator says.
Wallace Conrad's son, Curt, said whether his father was working farm fields, fighting in World War II or building homes, he worked his hardest.
North Dakota's oil production rose decently in March. Gasoline prices in Minnesota recently crossed the $4 barrier.
The company is proceeding with the solar array, which will be one of the largest in Minnesota, despite the solar industry's current woes.
Maple Grove-based Great River will continue buying electricity from the plant under its new owner, Rainbow Energy Marketing.
Only one more bellwether trial is scheduled in massive litigation over allegations that 3M military earplugs were defective.
Crypto mining centers, which consume huge amounts of electricity, are popping up in Minnesota and North Dakota. Critics say they enhance fossil fuel power production.
The electricity and gas provider also benefited from higher tax benefits over the same period a year ago.
The refinery's owner reports the price tag is now at $1.2 billion, up from the last estimate of $950 million and the original one of around $400 million.
The company will close the operations in Babbitt and Silver Bay on May 1.
Production in February was flat, according to state data released Tuesday. Oil producers have told officials it is likely to grow 1 to 2%, probably in the third quarter.
Legislation in both chambers would cushion the blow of huge natural gas price spikes, while the House has ambitious energy-spending plans for items such as weatherization.
Belgian regulators ordered 3M to temporarily close the plant months ago and a fix to reopen it has proved elusive.
In the largest ever U.S. mass tort, a Florida jury disagreed with plaintiff's claim that 3M military earplugs damaged her hearing.
It is the third recent judgment of that size in bellwether cases regarding 3M military earplugs.
The program would have provided up to $150 million in rebates for EV purchases. The Public Utilities Commission did approve a $5 million Xcel plan for rural EV fast chargers.
Any damage to consumers and businesses depends on how long oil prices remain elevated.
The U.S. oil industry has a newfound discipline keeping it from turning on the spigots. In North Dakota, production fell in January.
Commercial customers would see a larger increase in rates.
The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is straddling the geopolitical fence as public pressure to withdraw from Russia grows. The agriculture behemoth is one of the largest non-Russian exporters of Russian wheat and owns a complex of mills south of Moscow.
Former and active military members have claimed six victories in product liability suits against 3M, while the company has won five in the largest mass tort in U.S. history.
The Department of Natural Resources is the largest recipient of PUC funds that pay for policing of Line 3 construction.
Farmers welcome rising wheat, corn and soybean prices, but they also face soaring energy and fertilizer costs.
The U.S. Consumer Price Index was up 7.5% in January — a 40-year record.
The Eastern European nation has been in limbo for weeks as Russia makes moves suggesting an invasion.
Effort will examine whether carbon dioxide sucked from air can be stored underground and effectively turned to rock.
So says state minerals director after meeting with top industry executives.
However, the company met all goals in contracts with union locals serving Minnesota regarding the new pipeline.
Co-op members approve the sale to Rainbow Energy Marketing. Great River's largest member, Connexus, still voted against the deal.
Xcel recently acknowledged concerns over the $600 million project. Google says it hasn't abandoned the idea.
Company wants to close its coal plants by 2030, extend the life of its Monticello reactor by 10 years and add new solar and wind farms.
Two multibillion-dollar pipelines would ship CO2 produced by ethanol plants to other states for underground storage.
Judge rules state acted properly after Mesabi Metallics failed to put up $200 million by May 2021 deadline
Minnesota's largest utility company closed 2021 by meeting profit forecasts for 17th straight year.
Xcel wants two new gas peaking plants, while clean power groups say the job can be done with grid batteries, as Minnesota's largest utility plans how to replace its coal plants in Becker.
The project would replace some coal power transported to Minnesota in wake of controversial deal.
As a nearly six-year probate case winds down, the process of distributing the star musician's wealth could begin in February.
The state in November posted its highest oil production in nearly a year.
The Public Utilities Commission, agreeing with a ruling from an administrative law judge, reprimanded the Duluth-based utility for not properly maintaining a steam pipe at its Cohasset plant, causing a hazardous condition.
Meanwhile, several hundred cases are still pending against protestors charged with trespass and other crimes.
Under the deal, Tesla would buy about half of Tamarack Mine's projected production.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to approve the sale in the last big hurdle for the controversial deal to offload its massive North Dakota coal plant.
The Minnesota Department Commerce is recommending that state utility regulators disallow a big portion of what Xcel wants to charge ratepayers to the historic gas costs.
Other hurdles may arise, but the estate and IRS settled on a final valuation of the superstar's assets.
Questions, including in recent regulatory filings, have been raised over how long the newly built Line 3 will be economically viable.
Public Utilities Commission members said they could not ignore economic constraints on customers of the state's largest gas utility.
The Tamarack mine in Aitkin County, which would primarily produce nickel, will soon begin Minnesota's permitting process. It's likely to face a fight over environmental concerns.
While production is down, the companies are making more because oil prices are at their highest since 2014.
After seven bellwether trials in what could be the largest ever U.S. mass tort, plaintiffs have won four of seven cases heard.
3M had argued for an "urgent" suspension of the ban put in place two weeks ago.
Both utilities also offered alternative plans to soften the blow on Minnesota consumers as heating and other energy costs are already spiking.
The Belgian regulators' edict to stop PFAS production came after recent blood samples of 800 people near the plant.
Minnesota's largest utility already had a net-zero goal for electricity. Now, it's laying out a path to net out the carbon impact of natural gas consumption.
There are about 10 bellwether cases in the complicated liability cases against 3M regarding the earplugs. Juries found for 3M in one other case and against the company in three of them.
The company's CEO noted the development on an earnings call; its profits were flat and missed analysts' forecasts.
Like other big industrial companies, 3M is dealing with supply disruption and inflation.
Minnesota's largest electric utility filed its rate case Monday with the state Public Utilities Commission, which must approve it.
A deadly automobile accident in Brooklyn Center shut down a stretch of northbound Hwy. 100 late Saturday night.The Minnesota State Patrol said it was investigating…
A new railway venture says technology makes the crude less flammable and hazardous — but critics have their doubts.
The state's oil and gas output rose 2.8 % in August, while high oil prices bode well for future.
It's the third acquisition — for a total of $382.2 million — the company has made in the past nine months.
The grid is getting congested as more wind and solar farms connect. A transmission buildout would be extensive — and expensive.
The power line would send Midwest wind energy east but is facing delays as the company building it tries to get needed approvals for the project.
A jury in Florida awarded a plaintiff $8.2 million in the fourth bellwether trial over 3M's Combat Arms earplugs.
The $3 billion pipeline, dogged by protests over fossil fuels, took nine months to build.
During the Vietnam War's "secret war" in Southeast Asia, Leck Sengsoulichanh fought with the Laotian army as it supported U.S. troops.For his efforts, he spent…
Dakota bands and the Minnesota Historical Society have reached a settlement with an energy developer on the proximity of a wind farm to the Jeffers Petroglyphs.
Enbridge tells regulators that while it has required coverage now for Line 3, the pipeline insurance market is tightening.
North Dakota oil production fell 5 % in July and has been lackluster compared to the new No. 2 oil state: New Mexico.
The DNR says the company pierced an aquifer and endangered a unique wetland.
A U.S. District Court earlier rejected the DNR's attempt to stop the suit — which names wild rice as a defendant —from proceeding in tribal court.
The utility regulator wants more information from the buyer about how it would handle long-term decommissioning of the transmission line.
Pipeline opponents had challenged the MPCA's water and wetlands permit for construction of the 340-mile oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.