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The MPCA ruled the case "contested," which means it will take longer for regulators to make a decision on the permits needed to start building it.
Monish Patolawala will take over for Nick Gangestad, who is retiring.
Pollution regulators likely to weigh in on case for $2.6B Line 3 replacement.
The study released this week looks at the issue of "must-run" status for coal-fired power plants.
It has sparked a more than sixfold increase in COVID-19 cases in Todd County over the past two weeks.
It's the state's secondnd large utility to consider pursuing sources.
Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines.
American Indian bands, environmental activists and a state agency cite collapsing energy production in Canada.
The money would help the Indian community with a 'net zero' project including solar panels and a microgrid.
Executives said they expect costs to be about $30 million to $40 million above previous expectations for each of the next two quarters.
The number of drilling rigs is reaching unprecedented lows in the fracking era as jobless claims spike.
As of Monday, state health workers had confirmed 194 COVID-19 cases among workers at the Pilgrim's Pride poultry processing plant — more than double the 83 cases just four days ago.
The only guidance from the federal government has been that meat processors should "consider" tests.
Hundreds of workers' comp claims also filed in state that are tied to COVID-19 outbreak.
Minnesota's largest utility plans to cut expenses to offset declines in revenue.
Increased testing among local processing plant workers has established the central Minnesota community as a COVID-19 hot zone.
Maple Grove-based company will shutter Coal Creek Station several years early, an extraordinary move that underscores the waning cost competitiveness of coal in electricity production.
Millions of chickens have been euthanized, too, with turkeys likely to follow suit.
Worthington, Sioux Falls processors contending with high absenteeism.
The Alberta plant processes 40% of beef in Canada.
Minnesota's biggest pork processing plant reopened for grim duty: killing pigs without turning them into food. The job will help farmers who are contending with barns that are full and crowded by new pigs being born every day.
The plant is the third Jennie-O has closed in the past week in Minnesota.
The Monday walkout protested the lack of transparency around COVID-19 cases at the plant and preventive measures to protect workers. The company says it is doing all it can.
Excess pigs in the pork supply chain must be euthanized; few workers would return.
With processing plants closed because of COVID-19, farmers trying to avoid euthanizing them.
Hormel-owned Jennie-O Turkey Store "out of an abundance of caution" will temporarily close its two Willmar plants. It did not say for how long.
Also this week, the JBS plant in Worthington closed, as did a Tyson plant in Iowa.
Gasoline demand has dropped, but eased FDA rules have let one plant pivot to hand sanitizer.
Two other Hormel plants have been idled in the past week.
The Minnesota Department of Health recently found that 26 workers at the plant had been infected with COVID-19 and that five more relatives of employees had tested positive.
The Star Tribune last week interviewed decisionmakers in businesses around the state about when and how to start the next chapter of the crisis.
The chase began after a robbery was reported at a CVS pharmacy at 6905 S. York Av. Edina, police said.
The company said it will honor an agreement with Minn. that calls for credits and refunds for customers.
State official says industry could see the number of rigs hit a low not seen since 2008 recession.
The state's stay-at-home order has resulted in a major drop in demand.
The closing of the Sioux Falls plant, which slaughters a sizable number of hogs from Minnesota and supplies meat throughout the country, shows the growing tension between public health and sustaining the food supply chain.
Denver-based Southwest Generation will buy Mankato Energy Center for $680M.
The Canadian oil crisis opens the door for a last-ditch effort by opponents of the long-planned Line 3.
The Minnetonka-based ag giant said is has corrected the problem at its North Carolina facility.
Markets for its products, especially ethanol, have fallen because of the coronavirus.
The Midwest's industry was already in upheaval when the new downturn struck.
Pollution Control Agency schedules telephone town hall meetings.
Great River already is at a "medium threat response level."
A biofuels downturn has been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown.
It happened during a home invasion Friday night. No suspects have been found, police said.
Lawmakers] are reprioritizing, State Capitol observers said.
It's money needed to continue fighting legal battles over its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Crude prices at an 18-year low are translating to lower prices at the pump.
Besides the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, other market factors are affecting the industry.
Xcel, CenterPoint and Minnesota Power have all notified customers.
Distance from Gulf Coast raises transportation costs, could affect production.
Xcel, other electricity providers offered no estimates, but past projects have cost billions.
Asia, and particularly China, is the globe's primary supplier of solar cells and panels, and is also a major source of inverters and racking system components.
Borowski's life straddled Poland and the U.S., "integrated into the American community, but not forgetting the Polish part," his daughter said.
Great Rivers is exploring alternatives to its North Dakota site.
The agency will start a 30-day public comment period on March 2.
The death of Prince's brother, along with his contested will, and deals signed with entertainment company Primary Wave, are raising new questions in the efforts to settle the musician's estate.
Bob Frenzel, currently chief financial officer, will assume the role on March 31.
Production, already down some, could weaken in coming months, the state says.
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The gas utility is lobbying for change in regulations that would add about $1 to the typical customer's monthly bill.
Power provider's plan to be 80% carbon-free linked to Sherco 3 closure.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-1 to approve the environmental impact statement.
State regulators are holding hearings on the project again after the appellate court ruled an environmental review was flawed.
Fourth-quarter results released Thursday capped a strong year for the Minneapolis-based electric and gas company.
Over the next 10 to 20 years, the risks of heat and water "stress" will likely increase in parts of the U.S., said the report by Moody's Investors Service.
The biofuel's intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power.
The state's largest utility is proposing to run two of its four coal generators just part time.
It followed a record-setting October; natural gas output continued a steady increase.
The PUC said it's satisfied with a restructured plan, though the Attorney General's Office opposes it.
The utility said it will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling seen as potential setback for the plant.
Lawsuit by Minnesota attorney general lawsuit claimed that Comcast raised fees after wooing customers with low rates, tacked unwanted services and equipment onto bills and failed to send Visa gift cards offered in promotional deals.
Commerce settled another case with firm in October.
The state could pull its mineral lease but wants to move project forward.
Natural gas also hit a high in October, but a goal to cut waste from flaring still hasn't been met.