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Mike Hughlett

Reporter | Energy
Phone: 612-673-7003

Mike Hughlett covers energy and other topics for the Star Tribune, where he has worked since 2010. Before that he was a reporter at newspapers in Chicago, St. Paul, New Orleans and Duluth.


Hughlett has primarily covered economics, business and workplace issues for 32 years at five newspapers. He grew up in Brooklyn Center.
Recent content from Mike Hughlett
A stack of 3M brand N95 particulate respirators on July 28, 2020, in San Anselmo, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS) ORG XMIT: M

Florida company accused of selling fake 3M masks to HCMC hit with injunction

3M lawsuit alleges Nationwide Source sold fake masks at inflated prices, including to HCMC.
An oil well near Williston, N.D.

North Dakota oil production falls slightly in November

The month's oil and gas output was in line with expectations.
CenterPoint Energy customers will see an increase in rates. (Provided photo)

CenterPoint Energy residential customers in Minnesota will see 5% rate hike

State utility regulators on Thursday approved the increase, less than what the company asked for.
UnitedHealth Group headquarters in Minnetonka. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

UnitedHealth subsidiary indicted on collusion charges

The company said it would strong defend itself against allegations it agreed with competitors not to recruit each other's senior employees.
Developers have been rapidly adding solar power — such as this “solar farm” in North Branch — to the state’s grid in the past four years. Tw

Renewable-energy tax credits extended under pandemic stimulus package

Advocates say the stimulus measure will boost clean-energy projects here.
Developers have been rapidly adding solar power — such as this “solar farm” in North Branch — to the state’s grid in the past four years. Tw

Renewable-energy tax credits extended under pandemic stimulus package

Advocates say the stimulus measure will boost clean-energy projects here.
Pictured is the solar power plant in North Branch. The pandemic stimulus package extends tax credits that might help spur more development.

Renewable energy tax credits extended under pandemic stimulus package

Advocates say the move will be 'beneficial' to clean energy projects.
In 2007, Prince performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI.

IRS says Prince's estate undervalued by 50%, triggering another dispute in settlement

The Internal Revenue Service claims the executors of Prince's estate have lowballed its value by 50%, or about $80 million, triggering a dispute that could…
Enbridge utility contractors worked to identify and mark an older Enbridge pipeline, Line 16, at one of the Line 3 work sites in Carlton, Minn., in De

Ojibwe bands ask appeals court to stop Enbridge Line 3 construction

The Red Lake and White Earth bands filed suit, the second such filing in a week by pipeline opponents.
Jorge Villafuerte III died Dec. 18 in Hill City, Minn., after being run over by a telehandler at a pipeline construction yard.

Pipeline worker killed on Enbridge job site was father of nine

Jorge Villafuerte was run over Dec. 18 at a construction yard in Hill City.
Enbridge utility contractors worked to identify and mark an older Enbridge pipeline, Line 16, at one of the Line 3 work sites in Carlton, Minn. on Fri

Lawsuit seeks to halt Line 3 pipeline, alleging faulty approval process

Opponents maintain the Army Corps of Engineers didn't adqutely consider key environmental issues.
Wind turbines, that are part of the Prairie Star Wind Farm, turned out electricity among the farms and fields of Mower County near Grand Meadow. ORG X

Minnesota regulators approve $750M Xcel wind power project

The project would involve rebuilding five wind farms, making them more efficient.
Enbridge pipeline worker killed in industrial accident

Enbridge pipeline worker killed in industrial accident

The death occurred in a construction yard in Hill City, Minn.
A coal train is idle on the tracks leading to the Sherburne County Generating Station on Wednesday afternoon in Becker.

Xcel residential rates to remain the same in 2021

Large commercial customers that will see a bump has argued against the state regulatory decision.
3M headquarters in Maplewood. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Star Tribune)

3M sales grow 8% in November, continuing to accelerate since pandemic low

If trends continue, the company expects to top 2019 fourth quarter sales.
North Dakota oil production was flat, and natural gas production, up 2% in October.

North Dakota oil production not likely to improve for months

October production was essentially flat; natural gas production was up 2%.
Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s largest electricity provider, has two proposals pending before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Crunch time for Xcel electricity rate hike request

Declining commercial power sales and the pandemic have made for an usually complicated rate case.
Great River Energy will use wind farms similar to this one near Alden, Minn., to produce electricity once it closes its coal plant. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE,

Great River announces Minnesota wind farm projects to replace coal plant power

The wind farms are mostly in the southern part of the state.