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Drillers looking for platinum and palladium stumbled on what may be a major helium reservoir in Minnesota. Now it could become a mine.
In a new long-range plan, Xcel predicted what amounts to a one-third spike in energy demand by 2040, a remarkable split from earlier estimates but one that mirrors national trends.
The decision is estimated to save roughly $40 million a year for ratepayers, but was fiercely contested by solar garden operators and subscribers, including many local governments and schools who will lose expected savings.
Alaska State Troopers said the man and Polaris have been charged with a single charge of reckless driving.
Keeping the plant open an extra 20 years is a crucial part of Xcel's plan for a carbon-free energy grid, but its waste storage on the banks of the Mississippi River has drawn controversy.
The company tested the idea and says it could ease pressure on the electric grid and help it better use renewables. But one expert says Xcel's proposed rates are a "blunder waiting to happen."
The company's latest blueprint for generating electricity will be scrutinized by state regulators and outside groups as Xcel seeks to meet Minnesota's carbon-free law.
The PUC met at a bar in Benson, Minn., on Tuesday evening to hear citizen feedback on a plan to pump and sell biogas that could generate green energy.
In fiery comments, Lourenco Goncalves said his company is the better choice for labor as he pressured the administration to block the $14.1 billion megadeal with Nippon of Japan.
A potentially influential state task force, to move forward the 2040 carbon-free pledge, recommends a number of changes to the permitting process, but "prime farmland" rule likely to stay.