Reporter | Energy

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


What will best keep Xcel's grid reliable in a pinch: Gas plants or batteries?

Xcel wants two new gas peaking plants, while clean power groups say the job can be done with grid batteries, as Minnesota's largest utility plans how to replace its coal plants in Becker.


Great River signs agreement to build big North Dakota wind farm

The project would replace some coal power transported to Minnesota in wake of controversial deal.


It's final — Prince's estate is worth $156.4 million

As a nearly six-year probate case winds down, the process of distributing the star musician's wealth could begin in February.


North Dakota oil output jumps 4.4% in strong month

The state in November posted its highest oil production in nearly a year.


State regulators order Minnesota Power to return nearly $4.5M to ratepayers

The Public Utilities Commission, agreeing with a ruling from an administrative law judge, reprimanded the Duluth-based utility for not properly maintaining a steam pipe at its Cohasset plant, causing a hazardous condition.


Enbridge-funded state account has paid over $4.5M for Line 3 policing

Meanwhile, several hundred cases are still pending against protestors charged with trespass and other crimes.


Proposed northern Minnesota nickel mine signs deal with Tesla

Under the deal, Tesla would buy about half of Tamarack Mine's projected production.


Great River deal to sell key power line to the Twin Cities gets regulatory OK

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to approve the sale in the last big hurdle for the controversial deal to offload its massive North Dakota coal plant.


State says Xcel's inoperable gas plants added tens of millions to February storm costs

The Minnesota Department Commerce is recommending that state utility regulators disallow a big portion of what Xcel wants to charge ratepayers to the historic gas costs.


Minnesota probate court set to discuss 'final distribution' of Prince estate in February

Other hurdles may arise, but the estate and IRS settled on a final valuation of the superstar's assets.