Gov. Dayton Vetoes Bill That Would Decrease Utility Regulatory OversightGov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation that would have decreased the oversight of a state electric utility regulator.
Enbridge: Supporters Accuse Regulators Of Delaying Pipeline ProjectEnbridge Energy and its supporters have accused Minnesota regulators of imposing unreasonable and unlawful procedures that they say will delay construction of a $2.6 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota crude oil across northern Minnesota.
Xcel Energy Introduces New Alternatives Energy ProgramXcel Energy has proposed a new alternatives energy program. It would allow Minnesota customers to get 100 percent of their electricity from the wind and sun.
Cologne Becomes First All-Solar Minnesota CityCologne is the first city in Minnesota to get all of its electricity supplied by the sun.
Proposal Could End Most White Pages Delivery In MinnesotaThe annual arrival of a fat phone book on Minnesota doorsteps may soon be a thing of the past. The state Public Utilities Commission has proposed letting companies deliver residential phone directories electronically, sending customers a phone book only if they ask for one. The commission has already granted a few phone companies the ability to do that in recent years, and other states have done the same.
Hearings Begin On Sandpiper Oil Pipeline Across MinnesotaA battle is underway over plans to build a 300-mile crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota’s lakes region. Public hearings are being held this week to consider the pros and cons of bringing more crude oil from North Dakota oil fields via an underground pipeline to a terminal in Superior, Wis.
Hearings This Week On Enbridge PipelineThe public has a chance to weigh in this week on a proposed pipeline that would increase the amount of oil flowing across Minnesota by 225,000 barrels a day.
Judge Backs Alberta Clipper Pipeline Expansion An administrative law judge recommends that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy's Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
Hearings Set On Alberta Clipper Oil PipelineFollowing a hearing Tuesday night in Hallock, the Public Utilities Commission has hearings set for Wednesday in Thief River Falls and Cass Lake, and Thursday in Floodwood and Duluth.
PUC To Hear Arguments On Future Of Sherco Plant Environmentalists hope to nudge regulators toward taking a harder look at the future of Minnesota's largest coal-fired power plant. The Public Utilities Commission will hear arguments Thursday about Xcel Energy's long-term planning process for its future power needs.
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 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.