Minnesota corn harvest moves past 5-year average

Minnesota’s corn harvest is running slightly above the harvest’s average over the past five years, The Associated Press reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73 percent of...

November 05, 2013

Xcel requests 2-year phased rate increase

Xcel Energy on Monday went to Minnesota regulators to seek a two-phase rate hike – a 4.6 percent bump in January 2014 and a 5.6 percent hike in January 2015, the Star Tribune reports. Those hikes...

November 04, 2013

Xcel Energy makes changes to solar rewards program

Major changes to a popular Xcel Energy program to subsidize solar panels on Minnesota homes and businesses could make it less beneficial for customers to install the systems. Even with the new...

November 01, 2013


Three Minnesota Lawmakers Key Players In Farm Bill Negotiations

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz are among the 41 lawmakers sitting on the bicameral committee assigned to forge a compromise farm bill before the end of the year.

October 29, 2013

Ethanol blend E15 arrives, saves motorists 15 to 25 cents per gallon

Motorists who keep an eye on their budget as well as their gas gauge will have a chance to save up to 25 cents per gallon by pumping the ethanol fuel blend known as  E15. KSTP reports the cheaper...

October 29, 2013


3M Invests In Another Israeli Firm

3M’s investment arm has purchased a minority stake in Takadu, a tech company that uses algorithms to identify problems in water systems.

October 16, 2013

Minnesota becomes first state with 10 percent biodiesel mandate

Minnesota is ready to up the ante as it prepares to increase its commitment to biodiesel. The Associated Press reports, that starting next July, Minnesota will become the first state in the nation...

October 04, 2013

Environmental group turns up heat on Xcel to ditch coal at Sherco units

The Sierra Club is urging Xcel Energy to stop burning coal at two of its generators in Sherburne County. Xcel and state regulators are negotiating the future of the two older units at the Sherco...

September 23, 2013

Green energy

Mpls. Earns High Marks For Energy Efficiency Efforts

The city fared well in a study that evaluated which actions municipalities are taking to cut energy use in buildings and transportation, among other areas.

September 18, 2013

Wind energy project officially dead in Goodhue County

A controversial wind farm proposed in Goodhue County is officially off the table after developers faced strong opposition from residents over the last five years. The Associated Press reported New...

September 17, 2013

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