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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest round of strong storms with frequent lightning and heavy rain has knocked out power to thousands across the Twin Cities. Officials with Xcel Energy said power was out for about 106,000 customers in the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota after high winds and heavy rain moved across the state Saturday.
Tens of thousands of metro residents are without power Saturday afternoon due to high winds, according to an Xcel Energy spokeswoman. As of 1 p.m., there are about 12,000 customers without power in the metro area; 10,000 are in the western metro and 2,000 in the eastern metro.
Several environmental groups are asking Xcel Energy to rethink the way they charge people for electricity.