Xcel Energy Commits To Eliminating All Carbon EmissionsHow long will the scientific debate over the causes of global climate change persist? Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy says it has heard enough and it is clearly time to act. The utility which provides electricity to customers of eight Midwestern and Western states is taking a leading role in reducing carbon emissions.
Report: Minnesota's Clean Energy Economy Is BoomingLt. Gov. Tina Smith said in a statement that the report’s findings are "further proof" that renewable energy is good for the state’s economy, health and environment.
DOC: More Of Minn.'s Energy Coming From Renewable SourcesMinnesota is getting more of its electricity from the sun, wind and water. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says 21 percent of the state’s energy now comes from renewable resources, which is up from 6 percent ten years ago.
Minneapolis Company Hosts 'Solar Cookoff' Using Sun-Powered OvensA Twin Cities company is using food to teach people about solar energy. On Saturday, Applied Energy Innovations rolled a solar oven onto the sidewalk, and held a cook-off to demonstrate its power.
Good Question: What Does CHS Do?The St. Paul Saints played their first game in their new stadium Thursday: CHS Field. The Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 500 company bought the naming rights to the ballpark last fall, and acknowledged not many people knew who they are. So, what does CHS, Inc. do?
New Concept In Solar Energy Poised To Catch On Across USA new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway. Community solar gardens first took off in Colorado a few years ago, and the model — also known as community or shared solar — has spread to Minnesota, California, Massachusetts and several other states.
Judge Finds Minnesota Energy Law UnconstitutionalA federal judge has found that a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it. In a 48-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said Friday that the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 effectively blocks North Dakota utilities from exporting electricity into the state.
Minn. Lt. Governor Heads To Germany On Energy TripMinnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is part of a delegation traveling to Germany to meet with experts and policymakers about renewable energy. Prettner Solon and the rest of the group leave for Berlin on Saturday.
Solar Power Bills Headed For Conference CommitteeTwo versions of a bill mandating solar energy for big utilities are heading for a conference committee where compromise legislation should emerge in the final week of Minnesota's legislative session. The Senate version requires large utility companies to generate 1 percent of power from the sun by 2025.
Minn. AG Sues Wind Power Developer, Alleging FraudA lawsuit by Minnesota's attorney general alleges farmers were duped by a South Dakota-chartered wind energy developer who didn't deliver on promises of equipment and financing.
Renewable Energy Grants Awarded For MinnesotaTwenty-five Minnesota farmers and rural small businesses are getting almost $300,000 in renewable energy grants.