Reporter | Energy

Mike Hughlett covers energy and other topics for the Star Tribune, where he has worked since 2010. Before that he was a reporter at newspapers in Chicago, St. Paul, New Orleans and Duluth.

Hughlett has primarily covered economics, business and workplace issues for 32 years at five newspapers. He grew up in Brooklyn Center.

Moody's gives Xcel 'red flag' for water stress because of climate change in Southwest states

Over the next 10 to 20 years, the risks of heat and water "stress" will likely increase in parts of the U.S., said the report by Moody's Investors Service.

Why ethanol endures as important market for Midwestern farmers

The biofuel's intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power.

Coal plants may get reduced role at Xcel Energy

The state's largest utility is proposing to run two of its four coal generators just part time.

For North Dakota oil production, it's 'steady as she goes'

It followed a record-setting October; natural gas output continued a steady increase.

Regulators clear way for Xcel Energy's $650 million Mankato power plant deal

The PUC said it's satisfied with a restructured plan, though the Attorney General's Office opposes it.

Minnesota Power gets Wisconsin OK to build natural gas power plant in Superior

The utility said it will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling seen as potential setback for the plant.

Comcast agrees to $1.1M in refunds in Minnesota deceptive practices suit

Lawsuit by Minnesota attorney general lawsuit claimed that Comcast raised fees after wooing customers with low rates, tacked unwanted services and equipment onto bills and failed to send Visa gift cards offered in promotional deals.

State launches another investigation of Frontier Communications' billing, customer service

Commerce settled another case with firm in October.

Essar Steel Nashwauk project faces another deadline it is unlikely to meet

The state could pull its mineral lease but wants to move project forward.

North Dakota oil production for first time tops 1.5 million barrels per day

Natural gas also hit a high in October, but a goal to cut waste from flaring still hasn't been met.