Natural Gas

CUERO, TX - MARCH 26: Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of the town of Cuero, Texas. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production . (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Study Finds Methane Emissions Dropping In US

Researchers have found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems across the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years.

04/01/2015

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Farmers Encouraged To Sell Excess Propane

Minnesota’s agriculture commissioner and propane industry officials are encouraging state farmers with a surplus of the fuel to sell it back to suppliers. Commissioner Dave Frederickson says farmers could help minimize the impact of the critical shortage of propane by selling their excess supplies.

02/05/2014

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Dayton, Other Governors Write Obama Over Propone Shortage

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and six other governors are writing to President Obama asking for help in addressing the propone shortage and price increases. They are asking for the administration to help increase propane supplies through “every means of transport.”

02/04/2014

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ND State Agencies Monitoring Natural Gas Situation

About 100,000 residential customers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin were able to crank their thermostats back above 60 degrees Monday after a utility lifted its appeal for natural gas conservation following a weekend explosion in Canada that knocked out three pipelines.

01/27/2014

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Xcel Lifts Appeal For Conservation After Pipeline Explosion

State agencies were monitoring natural gas supplies in the eastern part of North Dakota Monday following a pipeline explosion over the weekend in the neighboring Canadian province of Manitoba.

01/27/2014

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Xcel Asks Customers To Turn Down Natural Gas Heat

Xcel Energy is asking certain natural gas customers, in three states, to turn down their heat. The request comes after a natural gas pipeline exploded in Canada Saturday morning.

01/26/2014

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Cold Snap Sets New Daily Record For Natural Gas Usage

If you think your furnace has been running a lot this January, you’re absolutely right. CenterPoint Energy said the first major cold snap in early January set a new daily record for natural gas consumption.

01/23/2014

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Xcel Asks Some Customers To Cut Natural Gas Usage

Xcel Energy is asking 600 business customers in Minnesota and North Dakota to reduce their natural gas usage because of higher demand from the cold. The Minneapolis-based company says the customers are those who take part in interruptible gas rates programs.

01/04/2014

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Tips On Keeping Warm Without Paying A Huge Gas Bill

Before you tear open that December gas bill, prepare yourself. It could be double what it was last month. With colder weather moving in again, natural gas companies caution it could further increase consumption, which has risen as temperatures have fallen this month.

12/19/2013

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Summit To Promote Natural Gas As Truck Fuel

The Minnesota Trucking Association is holding a summit in Brooklyn Center to promote natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to diesel fuel. The association says natural gas is $1.50 to $2 cheaper per gallon than diesel and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

10/17/2013

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MN’s Garbage Trucks Becoming More Clean, Green

When trash collection day comes to your neighborhood, you just might notice a difference in the sight, sound and smell of the trucks.

10/14/2013

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Good Question: Why Do Our Heating Bills Fluctuate So Much?

The Department of Energy released its winter fuel outlook and found homeowners with natural gas can expect increases in their heating bills of up to 13 percent.

10/09/2013

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CenterPoint Energy Files Application To Modify Gas Rates

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.

08/02/2013

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Gas Line Damage Up 50% From 2011

An increase in digging projects due to warmer weather has led to more underground natural gas line damage. According to Kris Tande, supervisor of CenterPoint Energy’s damage prevention department, the number of the gas line damages has increased by 50 percent since 2011.

06/25/2012

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How Do I Sign Up For The Budget Plan?

Today we talked about Centerpoint Energy’s budget plan.

02/28/2012

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Mild Winter Keeps Spirits High, Natural Gas Prices Low

CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman Rebecca Virden says January’s home heating prices will be the lowest they’ve seen in ten years.

01/09/2012

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CenterPoint: Crews Addressing Natural Gas Smell In N. Metro

The north Metro may smell a lot like natural gas Friday evening, CenterPoint Energy says.

09/30/2011

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CenterPoint’s Tiered-Pricing Gets Shelved

It’s been in the works for little more than one heating season but a controversial natural gas pricing program is already being suspended.

09/19/2011

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Homes Evacuated After Gas Main Hit

A number of homes in Fridley, Minn. were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a gas main was struck.

05/19/2011

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Minneapolis Gas Blast Prompts Huge Evacuation

Juan Cortez was about as close as anyone wanted to be. At 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the Cub Foods worker was busy moving shopping carts in the store’s parking lot. Suddenly, at the south entrance along West 60th Street, Cortez saw the unthinkable.

03/17/2011

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Cheaper Natural Gas A Challenge For Wind Backers

Natural gas production is ramping up around the U.S., and that could take some of the wind out of Minnesota’s young wind industry.

03/02/2011

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All Evacuees Return Home After Edina Gas Leak

Homes are being evacuated in an Edina neighborhood after a natural gas leak Thursday afternoon, according to Edina officials.

01/06/2011