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Republican Lawmaker In An Electric Car, And Loving It

State Rep. Pat Garofalo sings the praises of the nation’s fracking revolution while he wipes down his electric car. Let that sink in for a bit.

01/11/2015

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Mpls. Unveils Parking Ramp Charging Stations

The City of Minneapolis just offered more opportunities for visitors to stay plugged in, literally. The city said they have finished installing 36 new charging stations for electric vehicles in a pair of downtown parking ramps.

05/07/2014

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Do You Need A Vitamin B12 Shot?

Vitamin B12 shots have become something of a celebrity fad, with proponents claiming the supplement boosts energy levels, reduces stress and help with weight loss. Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry all reportedly get them.

04/30/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 4-1-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Miss something from today? Click the link above to search for a podcast from today’s show!

04/01/2014

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Good Question: Which Electronics Are Costing You The Most?

Every year, the average American family spends more than $100 on energy costs to power appliances that have been turned off. These “vampire appliances” – like televisions, cable boxes, DVD players, etc. – continue to use power once we turn off the power switch. According to the Department of Energy, this vampire power accounts for 4 to 5 percent of the energy use in a home. As is the case with almost all appliances, when we turn something “off,” it’s still usually “on” in standby mode.

11/18/2013

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Judge Weighs ND Challenge To Minn. Energy Law

A federal judge is weighing the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that North Dakota says unfairly blocks its utilities from exporting electricity from new coal-fired power plants. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson heard arguments in the case Thursday in St. Paul.

10/18/2013

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Minneapolis Ranks Among Top 10 In U.S. For Energy Efficiency

Minneapolis was ranked among the most energy efficient large cities in the nation, according to a new survey published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

09/18/2013

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Developers Formally Abandon Wind Farm Plan

Developers have formally abandoned their efforts to build a wind farm in Goodhue County of southeastern Minnesota that drew strong citizen opposition because of the threat to eagles and bats.

09/17/2013

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Mpls. City Leaders Consider City-Owned Utilities

Minneapolis city leaders are considering a major change to who provides electric and natural gas utilities. Right now, more than 180,000 customers in Minneapolis get their power from Xcel Energy and 125,000 get natural gas from CenterPoint Energy. Next week, the public will weigh in on a proposal to make those utilities city-owned.

07/25/2013

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Regulators Tell Great River Energy To Rethink Coal

Minnesota 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.

07/18/2013

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Minneapolis Turning Out Lights For ‘Earth Hour’

Minneapolis is turning out the lights in city buildings for an initiative called “Earth Hour” to raise awareness of climate change.

03/23/2013

The CDC study concludes about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day — down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 — and that orange juice is the top source of fruit among U.S. adults and adolescents, while potatoes are the favorite vegetable. (Credit: Getty Images)

Eat Energy-Rich Foods For Your Daily Lift

Monday marks the first day back at work for many people after daylight saving time, so no doubt a few people are springing forward to grab an extra cup of coffee.

03/11/2013

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Electric Co-Op: Voluntarily Conserve Energy On Frigid Days

With extreme low temperatures on Sunday and Monday, the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association is asking members to voluntarily conserve energy from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both days.

01/19/2013

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CBS Local Presidential Forum: Obama/Romney: Duke It Out Over Energy And Health Care

The two presidential candidates were asked a question by CBS Local about Obamacare vs. Romneycare and asked them to talk about the similarities or differences between the two plans.

10/15/2012

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CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Square Off Over Education and Energy

Today on the CBS Local forum, Romney and Obama were asked: What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?

10/12/2012

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Opinion: Gas Prices Are The Government and Obama’s Fault

Americans continually hear that the president of the United States can do nothing about gas prices. John Hofmeister says that isn’t true. The doubled gas prices could have been avoided but no one in a political position who can do anything about the prices wants to do anything.

10/10/2012

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Proper Body Fuel To Get You Through The Day

If your energy drops off during the day, we have three tips from an expert to keep those energy levels up all day long.

04/11/2012

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Feds, 5 States To Push For Great Lakes Wind Farms

The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.

03/30/2012

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ND Residents Upset With Proposed Power Line

Some southeast North Dakota residents want state regulators to alter the route of a proposed power transmission line.

01/31/2012

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Cutting Down On Winter Energy Costs

We could probably all use a little help cutting down on energy costs, considering the average Minnesotan will spend around $700 this winter heating their homes.

01/11/2012

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Consumer Advocate Reviewing Xcel Rate Hike Request

The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel is closely studying Xcel Energy Inc.’s request for a $141.9 million electricity rate hike, which would raise the typical residential customer’s monthly bill by about 6 percent.

11/24/2011

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Xcel Energy Could Give Refunds On Energy Bills

Don’t let Thursday’s cold temperatures make you worry about winter heating costs, you could soon be getting a rebate from Xcel Energy.

11/17/2011

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‘U’ Energy Economist Develops Car Shopping Tool

A University of Minnesota energy economist has developed an online tool to help car-shoppers decide if an alternative vehicle is right for them.

10/27/2011

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‘U’ Unveils Wind Turbine For Electricity, Research

The University of Minnesota unveiled a giant wind turbine on Tuesday at its U-More Park facility in Rosemount.

10/25/2011

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Tech Gadgets To Help You Save Money On Energy

Investing in a few high-tech gadgets can really help you cut down on your energy bills.

10/18/2011

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