Xcel Energy Selling Mankato Energy Center for $680 Million

The utility provider had just acquired power plant in January.

Allete Names Bethany Owen as CEO

She’s the first female CEO of the company.

Xcel’s 2019 Earnings Beat Wall Street Forecasts

Though operating revenue fell, the company reported an uptick in net income, due in part to better margins in its electricity business.

Ecolab to Acquire Belgium-Based Livestock Health and Safety Solutions Provider

The deal is aimed at giving Ecolab a “foothold in the growing livestock and poultry biosecurity segment,” Ecolab officials say.

Ecolab’s Energy Business to Merge with Texas Firm in Deal Valued at $4.4B

The upstream business will be owned and managed by Texas-based Apergy. Ecolab originally planned to spin off the unit.

Hormel Wraps up Solar Project at California Meat Production Facility

The company has installed 2,000 solar panels to help reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions.

One Issue That Unites Republicans and DFLers in Minnesota? Biofuels

Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of ethanol and biodiesel, which they believe could help boost agriculture and reduce carbon emissions.

Mining Minnesota’s Copper and Nickel: A Solution to Climate Change?

Copper-nickel mining could help conquer the climate crisis, supporters say. Is there any weight to that argument?

Ecolab Acquires Chemstar Corp.

The deal for Georgia-based Chemstar marks Ecolab’s third acquisition in about eight months.

Cargill Beefs Up its Environmental Sustainability Commitment with New Goal

The Wayzata-based ag giant aims to reduce its beef supply chain’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent before 2030.

Geronimo Energy Acquired By U.K. Firm for $100 Million

The deal—announced in March and now finalized—will enable Edina-based Geronimo to grow its community-driven solar and wind energy projects portfolio.

Colorado Energy Firm Inks Wind Energy Deal with Minnesota Agency

Under the deal, the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency will purchase 200 megawatts of energy from a new wind farm in Jackson County, Minn.

General Mills Signs Record 15-Year, 200 Megawatt Wind Power Purchase Agreement

The deal, which is with the Texas-located Roaring Fork LLC project, is the second in the Golden Valley food giant’s history and its largest yet, and pushes the company toward its 2025 greenhouse gas emissions goal.

Minnesota’s Solar Workforce Has More Than Doubled Since 2015

A survey conducted by nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation found Minnesota’s solar job total has increased from 1,995 in 2015 to 4,602 in 2018, making it 15th in the nation for solar workforce size.

Ecolab Acquiring Geneva-Based Training Solutions Provider Lobster Ink

The deal is aimed at helping Ecolab customers better understand its work in hygiene, food safety, and related products and practices.

Allete Announces Sale of U.S. Water Services, Inc. For Approximately $270 Million

The sale to global water management company Kurita Water Industries will allow Allete to invest in more clean energy opportunities.

Ecolab Spinning Off $2.4B Upstream Energy Business Into Independent Public Company

The St. Paul-based water and energy giant is spinning off the business – which deals with oil field chemicals production and well drilling and chemistry – in response to its growth and changing management needs.

Ecolab to Acquire Cleaning Products Supplier Holchem, Makes Offer for Bioquell

The price and specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but by teaming up with Holchem, a supplier of hygiene and cleaning products, Ecolab is looking to better serve European markets.

Xcel Energy Buying Mankato Energy Center for $650M

Current plant employees will be offered positions with Xcel following the transaction.

Xcel Energy, Google Team Up to Improve Energy Efficiency of Xcel Customers

The collaboration involves connecting Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy with consumers through Google Assistant. The Xcel features of the voice-action technology will evolve over time.

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