Reporter | Energy

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


U.S. Steel to make $150M investment in Iron Range operations

The company plans to break ground this fall on a facility that will take taconite pellets tailored for electric arc steel mills.


How to decipher your electric bill in Minnesota

Utility bills can be confusing. Here's a breakdown of what all the lines on a typical bill mean and what your bill funds.


Judge orders mediation in massive 3M earplug litigation

Federal judge urges attorneys to come up with a solution to the lawsuits, which number more than 233,000.


Jury finds Minnesota oilman Michael Reger liable for Dakota Plains securities fraud

Reger stood trial in a lawsuit by Dakota Plains shareholders, while the company's other principals recently settled.


North Dakota oil production takes a big drop

Production was down 20% in April, the biggest drop since the same month in 2020.


St. Louis Park water main breaks for second time in 2 weeks

The second break is in the same neighborhood as the first — flooding some homes twice.


State energy watchdogs say Xcel's megasolar project is too pricey

The Department of Commerce and the Attorney General's Office say the bidding process for Sherco Solar was flawed and ratepayers would be stuck with bloated costs.


Man found shot to death at St. Paul senior apartment

The man is believed to be in his 50s; police are investigating.


Big solar plans abound — but they have hit economic snags

Utility-scale solar plants are planned, but with inflation and a tariff dispute, companies are having a hard time moving forward with them.


Teen shot near University of Minnesota

Police responding to a fracas near campus found a 15-year-old with noncritical gunshot wound.