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.


How a deep freeze in the South burned Minnesota consumers

Minnesota utilities made a losing bet on natural gas markets, leaving customers on the hook for higher prices.


Blackouts cut North Dakota oil production

Bad February storms in the south stressed the country's power grids and caused disruption in the state's oil counties.


Xcel wants to build $575M solar plant in Becker

Xcel Energy has unveiled plans for the largest solar energy plant in Minnesota by far, a $575 million project in Becker adjacent to the company's Sherco coal power complex.


Minnesota judge strikes down rule that eliminated pork plant restrictions

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of meatpacking unions, including one local that represents JBS in Worthington.


First trial starts this week in massive 3M earplugs litigation

Nearly 230,000 claims are pending in federal court.


Great River in talks to sell Coal Creek plant in North Dakota

The utility said last year that it planned to close the facility after failing to find a buyer.


Oil demand, future of Enbridge Line 3 argued before appeals court

With pipeline half built, appeals panel explores whether oil industry projections swayed regulatory review.


Enbridge prevails in Minnesota Tax Court, counties brace for fiscal hit

'Worst-case scenario' rulings for 13 counties and other local governments conclude that Enbridge's assets were overtaxed for years.


Is Enbridge Line 3 needed? Key question lands before Minnesota appeals court next week

The demand for oil — and thus the need for Enbridge's controversial new pipeline — will take center stage this week before the Minnesota Court…


CenterPoint says Feb. cold snap could cost customers $354, plus interest

The utility is proposing adding the cost to bills over a two-year period beginning in May.