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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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A couple of two new community solar gardens have gone online in Minnesota. (mnipl.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota's solar capacity has gotten a boost with the launch in December of a couple of community solar gardens at wastewater treatment plants in the Twin Cities. A five-megawatt solar garden powered up Dec. 14 in Empire Township, and a three-megawatt garden went online Dec. 1

A new report says Minnesota helped set the pace in state government-focused initiatives to reduce electricity use last year. (energy.gov)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has been ranked tenth in the nation for energy efficiency. The 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE, looked at efforts by states and utilities to reduce waste. Report author Westin Berg said Minn

Rural Minnesotans, including farmers, are in St. Paul today, discussing their priorities in how local policymakers are responding to climate change. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – How will Minnesota's rural communities weather climate change in the coming years? That's the big question behind the final session of a state-level meeting in St. Paul today. State agencies and residents are talking about how Minnesota's rural communities already are being

Minnesota residents still have time to weigh in on a federal plan to help install more wind and solar projects in rural and low-income areas. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Just a few days remain for people to weigh in on a federal plan to help install more renewable energy in low-income and rural communities, in Minnesota and across the country. It's called the Clean Energy Incentive Program, or CEIP. Local supporters say the voluntary project will

Xcel Energy's plan for a sixth rate hike in Minnesota in 10 years is now open for public comment. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Minnesota's largest energy supplier seeks another rate increase, one group says the move may be too expensive for some customers. The Minnesota Public Utility Commission is now considering the sixth rate hike request from Xcel Energy in 10 years. AARP Minnesota says fo

Tribal groups are calling for a Minnesota oil pipeline expansion to halt permanently. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new oil pipeline project for Northern Minnesota is being delayed an extra two years, but tribal groups say that's not enough. The proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline and a replacement for an existing line have been pushed back until 2019, because the Minnesota Supreme Court ha

Solar power advocates are urging Minnesota retailers to use their rooftops for clean energy. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - An environmental group says it's expecting more from Target's plan to set up rooftop solar panels. Target, based in Minneapolis, pledged last year to install panels on 500 of its stores by 2020. But according to a report released today called "Solar on Superstores," the retail

Minnesota housing advocates are asking state lawmakers to consider investments in housing and services for low-income residents. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With thousands of families facing homelessness in Minnesota, a group of affordable-housing advocates are kicking off a campaign in St. Paul today to help with the statewide problem. The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless reports about 14,000 Minnesotans don't have a home. Ab

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