May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In MidwestSlower economic growth is likely through the end of the third quarter this year for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Monday. The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 in April.
Republican Lawmaker In An Electric Car, And Loving ItState 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.
Mpls. Unveils Parking Ramp Charging StationsThe 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.
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.
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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.
Judge Weighs ND Challenge To Minn. Energy LawA 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.
Minneapolis Ranks Among Top 10 In U.S. For Energy EfficiencyMinneapolis 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.
Developers Formally Abandon Wind Farm PlanDevelopers 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.
Mpls. City Leaders Consider City-Owned UtilitiesMinneapolis 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.
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.
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.