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.


Three pipeline setbacks in two days turn heat up on Minn. projects

Enbridge says it's committed to its upgrade despite court-imposed closure


Owner of Minnesota's largest frac sand mine files for bankruptcy

Covia Holdings, which owns the Kasota mine, filed in Texas for Chapter 11 protection.


Northern Oil and Gas plans reverse stock split because of low stock price since pandemic

Northern Oil and Gas plans a reverse stock split, essentially turning six to 10 shares held by its investors into one.The Minnetonka company announced the…


Minnesota regulators continue to support $2.6B Enbridge pipeline project despite oil downturn

The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 against reconsidering its OK for the Line 3 project.


Minn. files climate change lawsuit against oil companies including Koch, Exxon Mobil

AG Keith Ellison alleges consumer fraud, deceptive practices and false advertising.


3M, HP offering free signage templates for companies reopening after COVID

The signage includes social distancing, public health guidelines.


Protections against utility disconnections extended through end of Minnesota emergency order

Waiving of fees, disconnections will last through Gov. Walz's coronavirus emergency order.


Minnesota regulators approve 4.25% rate increase for Dakota Electric

It is less than the cooperative sought, its first since 2015.


EPA fines Enbridge $6.7 million for response to pipeline-safety issues

Regulators faulted the company's response to dents in a pipeline that crosses northern Minnesota.


Xcel proposes $3B in renewable projects to bolster economy dogged by pandemic

Responding to request from regulators, Xcel and Minnesota Power look to tackle job-rich projects earlier than planned. Minnesota Power has proposed $40 million in projects.