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Public News Service - MN: Energy Policy

Two separate utility hikes could kick in in the near future. (energy gov)

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota families could pay a lot more for utilities if two separate rate hikes are implemented. A request by Minnesota Power is currently going through the public utilities process, and would raise bills for the average consumer by more than 6 percent - which equals about $

A coalition of environmental groups is asking the governor to reject legislation they say will hurt Minnesota's great outdoors. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Environmental groups in Minnesota say this legislative session was full of cutbacks and rollbacks that will have a detrimental effect on the great outdoors. They've sent letters to Gov. Mark Dayton asking him to veto some bills, including the Jobs Growth and Energy Affordabil

Lawmakers are hearing this week from residents who say they want clean water. (cleanwateraction.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday is Water Action Day in Minnesota, and a rally is being held at the state Capitol. It includes workshops to help residents learn how to work with their lawmakers to protect natural resources and to learn more about current legislation that's threatening clean water i

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

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