Reporter | Energy

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


CenturyLink failed to reimburse over theft outage, regulator says

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has filed a complaint against CenturyLink regarding an outage that left 150 Minneapolis customers without landline service for two weeks.


Compute North — flying high just months ago — now part of crypto bankruptcy wave

The Eden Prairie-based company is trying to reorganize in Chapter 11, but it has already lost control of key crypto centers.


Cliffs CEO: Hibbing Taconite will close without Mesabi mineral rights

Cleveland-Cliffs, the major Iron Range player, needs the minerals to extend the life of the plant, Lourenco Goncalves said at a Chamber of Commerce event.


North Dakota oil industry has stronger month

Oil production was up 4%, and natural gas output rose 2.8%.


State approves Minnesota Power plan to exit coal by 2035, add more renewables

The Duluth-based utility will close one of its two large coal-fired generators in Cohasset by 2030; the other in 2035.


CenterPoint, Xcel challenging decision forcing them to pay more costs from historic storm

The utilities are asking state regulators to reconsider a ruling that they couldn't pass some of the burden on to ratepayers.


Minnesota Power will close coal plants by 2035 under new agreement

Minnesota Power and clean power groups filed an agreement Monday with state regulators on the utility's power generation plans, which also include adding more renewable energy sources.


U.S. Steel investment in Iron Range could extend region's relevance in industry

The company is investing $150 million in its Keewatin operations to build a plant that uses new technology to produce higher-grade taconite pellets.


Second mystery company tells Xcel Energy it wants to build a big data center in Minnesota

A company using the code name "Amber Kestral" said it would invest at least $700 million in the facility, Xcel told regulators.


Xcel says federal energy legislation will lead to $500M in savings for company

The Minneapolis-based company said third-quarter profits rose more than 4 %.