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Momentum Builds Behind Utility 2.0: Will Minnesota Be the Next State to Reform Utilities?

August 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Reforming Utilities by State

Aside from hosting a majority of the nation's wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the electricity sector.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Prospects Surge for Minnesota Utilities

June 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Minnesota Efficiency Surge

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has rejected a two-fold increase in fixed charges for CenterPoint Energy Resource’s residential customers, and ordered a mechanism, decoupling, for the gas utility that’s aimed at encouraging more energy savings for the state’s homes, businesses and industry.[read more]

State Energy Policy and the Commerce Clause: Spotlight on Colorado and Minnesota

May 26, 2014 by James Coleman

Within the past month, two federal district courts in Colorado and Minnesota have issued important decisions on the constitutionality of state clean energy policies. Both cases raised the same issue: whether state laws regulate extraterritorially in violation of the dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution.[read more]

Federal Court Strikes Down Minnesota's Limits on Coal Power Imports: A Critical Moment for State Regulation of Imported Fuel & Electricity

April 24, 2014 by James Coleman

On April 18, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota struck down the State of Minnesota’s restrictions on importing electricity from coal power plants in other states. The court held that these restrictions improperly regulated electric generators and utilities outside the state.[read more]

Minnesota Paves the Way for Solar Energy Advocates Nationwide

March 19, 2014 by Jake Rozmaryn

Minnesota and Solar

The solar battle between utilities, stakeholders, solar customers and other rate payers is coming to an end, at least in Minnesota. Last Wednesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of the first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power.[read more]

Coal’s changing economics trigger new view of future

February 21, 2012 by Dan Haugen

We’ve long known about the hidden health and environmental costs associated with burning coal, but until very recently, no one questioned that it was a cheap source of electricity for utility customers.[read more]

The Midwest's Wind Energy Hub

November 29, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

The Department of Energy says the potential for wind power is greatest in middle America, where strong, steady breezes blow across the prairie. But the wind farms built there often have to send their electricity across several states to find the homes and businesses that need it. So how can energy from small-town wind turbines reach big city power sockets? energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan got a rare look inside the Midwest power grid’s control room to meet the people harnessing wind’s power and moving it across the nation.[read more]

Minnesota Enacts First Carbon Tariff in nation against North Dakota

January 5, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

Article (Scientific American, Jan 1, 2010) is re-posted below.  It will be interesting to see if other states follow suit, and what the effectiveness of this policy will be in lowering emissions in Minnesota.  One line in this article I had to laugh at was “State officials in North Dakota are mounting a legal battle against...[read more]

Being Smart and Efficient on the Stimulus and Careers

March 22, 2009 by Jesse Jenkins

I've recently been working in St. Paul Minnesota on how we're applying the stimulus funding around efficiency. I wanted to call a tension to a potential hurdle for successful climate solutions: We need to make sure that initial investments actually help change the market.Minnesota is slated to receive about $131.5 million in federal...[read more]

Prairie states debate restart of nuclear energy

February 28, 2009 by Dan Yurman

Minnesota and Wisconsin say climate change puts atomic energy back in play Farmers know about climate. That’s why the legislatures in two of the nation’s great farming states in the upper Midwest are taking a new look at nuclear energy.  Draft bills that would repeal decades old bans on new nuclear power plants are on the docket...[read more]