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Twin Cities Cleaning Up From Overnight Severe Weather

The National Weather Service says several communities in west-central Minnesota are experiencing flash flooding following severe thunderstorms. Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck are among those that flooded after big downpours.

06/21/2013

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Application For Transmission Line Filed With PUC

Otter Tail Power Company and Xcel Energy have filed a permit application with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for a high-voltage transmission line from Big Stone City to near Brookings.

06/06/2013

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Xcel: More Than 9,000 Customers Lost Power In NW Metro

More than 9,000 customers in suburbs northwest of Minneapolis lost power for a few hours Wednesday evening, according to Xcel Energy. The 9,100 customers affected were in Osseo, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Maple Grove. The power went out around 5:30 p.m. and came back around 9:45 p.m.

06/05/2013

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New Minn. Solar Law Boost To Fledgling Industry

A new Minnesota law requiring investor-owned utilities to get more of their electricity from solar power by the year 2020 means farms like the one Doug and Jane Popp own near Royalton are likely to become a more common sight. The Popps’ grain bin is powered by a 10-kilowatt solar array, helping to reduce their electric bill.

05/31/2013

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Gov. Dayton Signs Solar Energy Standard

Minnesota’s investor-owned utilities will be required to get 1.5 percent of their power from solar energy by 2020 under legislation signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. The solar energy standard also sets a statewide goal of reaching 10 percent by 2030.

05/24/2013

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Group Spends $2M Lobbying For Gay Marriage

The group that pushed Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage disclosed Wednesday it invested more than $2 million in the successful lobbying effort.

05/22/2013

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Xcel Energy Proposes Power Plants In Southeast ND

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.

05/17/2013

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Over 40K Customers Lose Power In Minn., Wis., Iowa

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.

05/02/2013

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Power Restored To Minneapolis Downtown After Electrical Fire

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.

04/12/2013

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Xcel Energy Reduces Minn. Rate Hike Request

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.

03/25/2013

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LRT Service Resumes In Minneapolis After Disruption

Authorities say light rail service in downtown Minneapolis resumed just before 1 p.m. Thursday after being disrupted because of a downed power line.

03/07/2013

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State Accuses Xcel Energy Of Overcharging Customers

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.

03/01/2013

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State Questioning Xcel’s Bill Increase

The state says Xcel Energy is charging Minnesota families too much for electricity.

02/28/2013

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MPCA Lauds Utilities For Cutting Mercury Emissions

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.

02/18/2013

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Interim Xcel Rate Hike Showing Up In Electricity Bills

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.

02/11/2013

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Wild Expect Sellout Crowd Saturday As NHL Returns

Minnesota Wild officials say they expect a sellout Saturday when the team opens at home after the lockout that wiped away half the season.

01/15/2013

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Clean Air Suit Targets Largest Minn. Power Plant

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.

12/05/2012

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Xcel Energy Sends More Crews To East Coast

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy caused massive devastation across the east coast, some residents still have no power.

11/13/2012

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Xcel Workers Head East To Help ‘Sandy’ Victims

Power crews from the Twin Cities are on their way to the east coast to help restore power in West Virginia.

10/31/2012

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Xcel Crews To Help Restore Power In Sandy Area

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.

10/30/2012

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Good Question: Why Do We Have To Pay More For Using Less?

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.

10/29/2012

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NRC Signs Deal To Work With Prairie Island Tribe

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Prairie Island Indian Community have agreed to cooperate on some issues as the agency considers the fate of spent nuclear fuel at Xcel Energy’s nuclear plant in Red Wing.

10/16/2012

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Xcel: Sherco Power Plant Repairs Could Cost $200M

Xcel Energy Inc. says it will cost as much as $200 million to repair the damage from a catastrophic turbine failure at Minnesota’s largest power plant last November.

10/03/2012

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Operators Ramp Up Power At Minn. Nuclear Plant

Operators are ramping up power at the Monticello nuclear plant following an automatic shutdown earlier this week.

09/28/2012

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Nuclear Plant At Monticello Shuts Down

Utility officials say they’re investigating an automatic shutdown of Minnesota’s nuclear plant at Monticello.

09/25/2012

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