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.


Ernest Ruiz, founder of HCMC's emergency care practice, dies at 89

The practice was one of the country's first — and helped create a new field of medicine.


Ojibwe bands ask Minnesota utility regulators to stay their OK of Enbridge pipeline

The move is a key step before an appeal is filed.


PUC gives construction OK to Enbridge for Minnesota pipeline

Only one more permit is needed before construction can begin.


Army Corps of Engineers issues Enbridge permit for Line 3

The permit is last big hurdle for the construction project, which will be one of largest in recent history for Minnesota.


PUC backs CenterPoint plan for renewable natural gas system

The utility hopes to establish a supply system to sell renewable natural gas to customers.


Oil and gas production rising in North Dakota, but future is murky

North Dakota posted a solid hike in petroleum output in September, while the industry now races to start new wells before pro-oil President Donald Trump…


3M monthly sales grew, but not at rate seen over summer

Consumers were spending more on household items and home improvement.


$2.6B Enbridge pipeline construction a go after permits OK'd

Construction could start in December after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources approved the $2.6 billion project; Army Corps of Engineers permit expected.


Xcel extends 25% discounts to small businesses because of coronavirus pandemic

Temporary credits are offered to offset pandemic losses.


Minnesota utility regulators getting pushback on economic stimulus initiative

Minnesota utility regulators made an unusual call this spring. They asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to pitch investments that could help jump-start the…