Incentive Program Helps Minn. Homeowners Go GreenWe have all heard about the benefits of solar energy, but the cost can make that transition difficult. Solar panel installation on a home in Minnesota averages between $20,000 and $40,000.
Energy Advocates Say We're At Tipping Point For Electric CarsFalling gas prices haven't hurt the demand for all-electric vehicles, with more than 200,000 of them on America's highways. That represents a jump of roughly 500 percent over the past two years, according to Environment Minnesota.
Xcel Energy To Use Helicopters To Upgrade Mpls. Power LinesTwin Cities residents may notice more helicopters in the sky this December. Xcel Energy is upgrading its transmission line to improve electric services and it is using helicopters to get the job done.
Roughly 4,000 Without Power In Twin CitiesAlmost 4,000 people in the Twin Cities are without power Wednesday morning. According to Xcel Energy center roughly 1,924 people in the Rogers area are without power and another 1,948 people are without power near Woodbury.
CapX2020 Project Forced To Buy Organic DairyA popular organic dairy in Scott County is closing its doors after a major power line project skirted the property. The owners of Cedar Summit Dairy won a district court lawsuit that required a power consortium to buy the farm. The CapX2020 project is constructing huge transmission towers to move electricity across the upper Midwest.
This Minn. Farm Is Bringing Solar Power To Its CommunityA Minnesota farm is helping people power their homes and businesses with solar energy without having to put panels on their roof. Eichten's Cheese Farm in Chisago County is about to become one of Minnesota's biggest community solar gardens.
Xcel Energy Plan To Steer 'Solar Gardens' PushMinnesota is looking to grow its share of electricity fueled by the sun and is counting on community solar gardens to help make it happen. A new state law demands that utilities get 1.5 percent of their power from solar sources by 2020. Under that law, Xcel Energy Co. has until Monday to tell how the giant electricity provider would like to manage the rollout.
Hot Spell Pushes Xcel To Near Record Power UseBuzzing cicadas signal yet another hot August day. But it’s the scorched lawn and grinding of an air conditioner that are Brett Severson's clue. "My A/C is running all the time -- I'd guess my bill is about $400 a month," Severson said.
Nationwide, MN's No. 2 In Wind PowerFor generations of farmers, having a wind mill was a dependable way to pump water for their livestock. Now it’s rare to drive Minnesota’s rural roads and see the old steel structures still turning in the breeze. But there’s a good chance what you will see instead is a taller structure spinning with three blades.
Regulators Tell Great River Energy To Rethink CoalMinnesota regulators have told Great River Energy to rethink its dependence on burning coal to generate electricity. The unusual decision by the Public Utilities Commission has no immediate impact on the power supplier.
About 13,000 Still Without Power In MinnesotaIt has been four days since a pair of powerful thunderstorms moved through the Twin Cities, and thousands of residents still don't have power. At its peak, Friday's storms knocked out power to 610,000 homes and businesses.
Tens Of Thousands Still Without Power In Minn.Work continues to restore power to thousands still in the dark after Friday's powerful storms. Xcel Energy said this has been the worst power outage the state has ever seen. After a peak of 610,000 customers without power after Friday night's storms, that number is now down to 28,574, as of 9 p.m. Xcel said that most of the power outages are now contained to Minneapolis and the western suburbs.