Xcel Energy is proposing two natural gas-fired power plants in southeastern North Dakota to help meet electricity needs during times of peak demand in the upper Midwest in coming years. The plants would be built near Hankinson, about 70 miles south of Fargo, if they are approved by regulators.
Crews are working to repair electrical lines brought down by the heavy, wet snow that fell across parts of northern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Several blocks of downtown Minneapolis have power back after a brief interruption following an electrical fire at one building. Friday morning’s outage happened in the wake of a fire in an electrical vault at the US West building near midnight.
Xcel Energy has reduced its proposed Minnesota electric rate increase. The Minneapolis-based utility said Monday it lowered its proposed rate increase to 8.2 percent. Xcel proposed a rate hike of 10.7 percent in November.
Authorities say light rail service in downtown Minneapolis resumed just before 1 p.m. Thursday after being disrupted because of a downed power line.
The state is stepping in to help Xcel Energy customers who aren’t happy about a recent rate hike. Right now many homeowners are paying 11-percent more on their electric bills, or about $8 extra a month.
The state says Xcel Energy is charging Minnesota families too much for electricity.
Minnesota’s coal-fired power plants have cut their mercury emissions in half over the last 15 years, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Monday.
It takes a lot of poles, plants and power lines to satisfy Minnesota’s demand for electricity. Xcel Energy has been meeting that challenge for decades.
Minnesota Wild officials say they expect a sellout Saturday when the team opens at home after the lockout that wiped away half the season.
Clean air advocates are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking an order to require the EPA to mandate that Xcel Energy install the best available technology to reduce emissions at Minnesota’s biggest power plant.
Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy caused massive devastation across the east coast, some residents still have no power.
Power crews from the Twin Cities are on their way to the east coast to help restore power in West Virginia.
Xcel Energy Inc. is sending crews from Minnesota and other parts of its service area to the East Coast to help restore power in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
For most businesses, supply and demand rules the day. But utilities like Xcel Energy encourage their customers to conserve. Then when energy use is down, they ask the Public Utilities Commission for a rate increase.