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CHS Field Is The ‘Greenest Ballpark In America,’ Saints Say

After years of being stuck by the State Fairgrounds and clanking train tracks, the St. Paul Saints are about to play ball in their new home.

05/21/2015

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Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use Drones

Xcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.

05/19/2015

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Environmental Groups, EPA Settle Suit Over Sherco Emissions

Clean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement that will reduce emissions from the Sherco plant in Sherburne County. The settlement was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

05/15/2015

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Air Force Electricians Use Xcel Course To Train For Rescues

Sitting in a classroom can show you how it’s done. But for 12 Air Force Reserve electricians, there’s only one way to practice it: strapping on climbing belts and gaffs and heading up a pole.

05/04/2015

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Xcel: Thousands In Parts Of Twin Cities Affected By Power Outage

Around 23,000 customers have been affected by a large power outage in parts of the Twin Cities early Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy.

04/22/2015

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WCCO Saturday Morning Links & Recap (April 18)

From hockey to baseball to bikes and records, there’s a whole lot going on this weekend, and WCCO Saturday Morning has got you covered!

04/18/2015

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Last Shipment Of Coal Delivered To Xcel’s Burnsville Plant

For more than 60 years, Xcel Energy’s Burnsville plant has received shipments of coal to generate electricity. That comes to an end Wednesday. The last shipment of coal will roll in at the Black Dog generating station. Xcel Energy will stop generating electricity at the plant with coal in mid-April. It is replacing coal-fired units with a cleaner natural gas-fired unit.

04/08/2015

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High Winds Lead To Power Outages For 8,000 Xcel Customers

High winds in the Twin Cities are responsible for as many as 8,000 Xcel customers losing their power.

04/01/2015

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Roughly 4,000 Without Power In Twin Cities

Almost 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.

03/25/2015

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Proposed Wind Farm Change Might Help Endangered Birds

A company that for years has been planning a wind turbine farm in an area of southeastern North Dakota where endangered birds nest and fly over is proposing changes that might help reduce potential harm.

03/16/2015

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New Concept In Solar Energy Poised To Catch On Across US

A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states.

03/07/2015

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Prairie Island Nuclear Plant Unit Shut Down

Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing have shut down a unit because of a fire alarm. Xcel Energy says there’s no indication of a fire, but Unit 2 was taken off line about 4 a.m. Thursday so investigators can determine why the alarm was tripped.

03/05/2015

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Xcel Sending Crews To Quad Cities After Winter Storm

Officials with Xcel Energy said Sunday that they’re sending crews from Minnesota and Wisconsin down to the Quad Cities area of southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois following a winter storm knocked out power to the area.

02/01/2015

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Xcel Offering Customers Solar Power

Xcel Energy is launching a new program that it hopes will be a big boost in solar electricity for the Minneapolis-based utility. Instead of installing panels on their rooftops, utility customers can subscribe to a community solar garden, then choose how much solar power to buy or lease. Although it’s still unclear how much the average customer will be charged for participating in the Solar Rewards Community program, they’re expected to save money on electricity bills.

12/12/2014

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Crews Building Power Lines Near Frozen Miss. Battle Winter

The largest, most expensive upgrade of the region’s electrical transmission system in over 40 years is facing a major challenge. CAPX 2020 is 800 miles of new power lines built at twice the cost of the new Vikings stadium. But there’s one leg of the project south of Wabasha where engineering is beating the elements of old man winter.

12/05/2014

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MFD Teams With Xcel Energy For Emergency Training

The Minneapolis Fire Department wants to be ready in case of an emergency — and they’re not talking solely about fires. Fire crews teamed up with Xcel Energy to simulate an underground emergency in a tight space.

10/28/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-27-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Monday Morning QB with Dave Lee…listen back to portions of the show by clicking the link above.

10/27/2014

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Twin Cities Airport Plans Solar Power Project

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is planning a $25.4 million solar power installation to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport’s electricity.

10/03/2014

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Here’s How To Tune Up Your Furnace, Help The Environment & Save Money

Now is the right time to check your furnace – for maintenance, safety and efficiency. And if you do a little web research, you’ll be surprised how much money your can save for your family.

09/30/2014

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How Going Solar Could Pay Off For Twin Cities Homeowners

A change in state law has led to a major change in the way Minnesota rewards people who put solar panels on their homes. Instead of giving a rebate when you install, you get money for producing power.

09/24/2014

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Retired Xcel Employee, Server Win $11.7M MN Hot Lotto

Two Minnesotans are having anything but the “case of the Mondays” after winning the $11.7 million in Minnesota’s Hot Lotto. The winners are Rhonda and Joseph Meath. WCCO Radio’s Edgar Linares spotted them entering the lottery headquarters Monday morning.

09/08/2014

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This Minn. Farm Is Bringing Solar Power To Its Community

A 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.

08/07/2014

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Xcel Blamed For Cost Overruns At Monticello Plant

An investigation by Minnesota utility regulators blames Xcel Energy Inc. for major cost overruns during a project to upgrade its nuclear plant in Monticello. Xcel disagrees that it’s to blame. Reports say experts hired by Minnesota utility regulators found Xcel managers didn’t fully plan for the job and didn’t have adequate oversight.

07/09/2014

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EPA To Consider If Power Plant Adds To Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to consider whether pollution controls at Xcel Energy’s Sherco power plant are adequate for cutting haze over two national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The federal agency and six environmental groups filed a proposed consent decree Tuesday that obligates the EPA to take action on a 2009 National Park Service finding that haze from the coal-fired plant near Becker impairs the views at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The consent decree would settle a lawsuit the groups filed in 2012.

06/25/2014

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Line Workers Restore Power To 106,000

Hundreds of power line workers have restored service to most of the 106,000 Xcel Energy customers who went down in weekend storms. All but a couple hundred customers had power by Monday morning.

06/16/2014

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