Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
A federal judge has found that a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it. In a 48-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said Friday that the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 effectively blocks North Dakota utilities from exporting electricity into the state.
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.
CenterPoint Energy is requesting permission from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to modify the rates it charges for natural gas. On Fridaty, the company filed an application to request an increase for monthly basic charges for residential customers.
An administrative law judge says Xcel Energy’s proposed electricity rate hike should be held to 4.7 percent. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Xcel said Monday that last week’s recommendations by Administrative Law Judge Jeanne Cochran would amount to a $127 million rate increase.
Top North Dakota officials are renewing their protest of a Minnesota plan to raise the price of electric power that’s generated by coal.
Opponents of expanded wind power call it the great contradiction. They say that so called “green energy” is good for the environment, but bad for birds. Each year, the spinning turbine blades will kill countless migrating birds, from bats to bald eagles.