Reporter | Energy

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


Federal regulators cancel LTD rural broadband funding, leaving state buildout in limbo

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday ruled that $1.3 billion in grants to LTD be canceled. It also said SpaceX's Starlink could not meet the requirements of the program.


Minnesota regulators hear final arguments from utilities on February 2021 storm costs

The Public Utilities Commission will make a final decision next week whether the utilities can pass $660 million in costs to ratepayers.


Xcel's $300M electric vehicle plan includes 730 high-speed chargers in Minnesota

State regulators must approve the spending, which would be paid for by ratepayers.


EPA challenges environmental review for proposed $700M Minnesota Power gas plant

The agency questioned the USDA's review of carbon emissions for the plant in Superior, Wis.


How a business that looked so good turned so bad for 3M

Earplugs for military use were a small business at company 3M bought in 2008. Today, that business is costing 3M billions.


Xcel's second quarter profits up over 3 %

The Minneapolis-based utility company's earnings were in line with forecasts.


Plaintiffs' attorney says 3M's $1B fund to resolve earplug litigation inadequate

Subsidiary Aearo Technologies is entering bankruptcy protection.


Utilities plan to spend $2.2B on new power line projects in Minnesota

MISO, the Midwest's grid operator, announced a $10.3 billion plan for 18 new Midwestern power lines, including three in Minnesota.


CenterPoint's CEO rings up big payday; shareholders, Minnesota customers have reservations

Shareholders torpedoed the energy company's executive pay practices, while its customers are stinging from huge gas cost run-up.


Xcel wants to spend $500M on a new power line in Minnesota

The roughly 140-mile line would run from Becker to the Marshall area and accommodate several new renewable energy projects