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Judge rules Superior natural gas plant not necessary

July 3, 2018 / By Anthony Matt TWIN PORTS – A big blow has been dealt to a proposed natural gas plant in Superior. Judge Jeanne M. Cochran  An Administrative Law Judge has ruled the $700-million proposed natural gas plant, known as Nemadji Trail Energy Center is not only not needed it’s not even in the public…

Bill Supporting Xcel Energy Nuclear Plants Dies in Minnesota

May 24, 2018 / Power Magazine By Aaron Larson A bill that would have provided more cost-recovery certainty for Xcel Energy’s two Minnesota nuclear plants didn’t get through the state House of Representatives prior to the legislative session ending on May 20, effectively killing the measure. The bill would have allowed Xcel to submit proposals to the…

Students seek climate change solutions

May 7, 2018 / Post Bulletin By John Molseed Zaria Romero, a Century High School junior and one of the organizers of Sunday’s Community Climate Convening, said having community leaders attend the event was a success itself. “It’s really cool to see who showed up,” he said “It shows that they care about these issues…

Performance-based regulation: How Minnesota is inching toward a new oversight model

April 24, 2018 / Utility Dive By Herman K. Trabish Performance-based regulation needs more work before it is ready to effectively deal with the perverse incentive, according a stakeholder group studying cutting-edge utility oversight proposals in Minnesota. A completely new performance-based regulatory approach may be less effective than innovative alternatives to the existing cost-of-service (COS)…

Sustainable: McKnight aims funding at climate change

April 3, 2018 / Finance and Commerce In north Minneapolis, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light helped organize and fund a community solar garden on top of Shiloh Temple that later this year will begin powering a nearby mosque and 26 homes.In central Minnesota, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance in Backus developed a community solar garden for the…

Minnesota Bill Could Help Utilities Plan for Maintenance

March 28,2018 / U.S. News Legislation that would help Xcel Energy plan for the high costs of maintaining old nuclear power plants is heading to the Minnesota Senate where it could face some tough opposition. This story also appeared in the Bristol Herald Courier, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Miami Herald, and CBS Minnesota.

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