21 States, Including MN, Sue Trump Administration Over New Coal RulesA coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.
Xcel To Retire Last 2 Coal-Burning Plants By 2030Three years from now Xcel will complete its largest wind expansion, producing a third of the company's power production.
'Energy Dominance': Trump Administration Eyes Military Bases For Coal, Gas ExportsThe Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.
Trump Plans To Roll Back Obama's Coal Emissions StandardsThe Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.
A Look At How Trump's Coal Decision Will Affect The IndustryPresident Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from job losses, bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar.
Downtown St. Paul Utility To Go Coal-FreeDistrict Energy St. Paul is going coal-free. The downtown utility that provides hot-water heat to nearly 200 buildings and 300 homes in St. Paul says it will end the use of coal after the 2020-21 heating season, reducing the heating system's carbon dioxide emissions by 27 percent, or 21,000 tons per year.
Last Shipment Of Coal Delivered To Xcel's Burnsville PlantFor 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.
Sierra Club Threatens To Sue Minnesota PowerThe Sierra Club said Monday that it has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging that the utility has committed nearly 13,000 violations of the Clean Air Act at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota. The group alleges that the utility's data show its Boswell, Taconite Harbor, and Laskin plants have violated soot standards more than 10,000 times over the past five years.
Regulators Tell Great River Energy To Rethink CoalMinnesota regulators have told Great River Energy to rethink its dependence on burning coal to generate electricity. The unusual decision by the Public Utilities Commission has no immediate impact on the power supplier.
Good Question: Why Does Santa Give Bad Kids Coal, Of All Things? Were you on Santa's naughty or nice list this year?
Support For ND Coal Power In MN LegislatureA Minnesota lawmaker says some legislators in St. Paul are backing a North Dakota lawsuit against Minnesota coal restrictions.
ND Officials Protest Added MN Cost On Coal Power Top North Dakota officials are renewing their protest of a Minnesota plan to raise the price of electric power that's generated by coal.
EPA Rules Threaten Older Power PlantsMore than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.
ND Sues Minnesota Over Coal Power RestrictionsNorth Dakota and the state's coal industry is suing the state of Minnesota to overturn a law that restricts imports of electricity that's generated by coal.
Train Derailment Near Brainerd Ties Up Main TrackBurlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is working Monday to clear a main track near Brainerd where 20 cars in a loaded coal train derailed.