energy

Minnesota thickens biodiesel blend

Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to authorize a 10 percent blend of renewable biodiesel in petroleum diesel fuel on July 1, AgriNews reports.

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Omnibus energy bill passes House, heads for Senate

Additional aid for low-income electricity customers, added protections for propane purchasers and a loan repayment program for homeowners who want to make energy-efficient improvements are among measures included in an omnibus energy bill passed Tuesday off the House floor.

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Demand versus need in Minnesota's oil pipelines

The Midwest and Great Lakes are quickly becoming a hub for transporting and refining one of the world’s dirtiest and most destructive fossil fuels on the planet: tar sands oil.

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Sand, land and land stewardship

For longer than I can remember, my family has taken the same route from our farm in southeast Minnesota to visit my grandparents in north-central Wisconsin. The first leg of the four-hour trip takes us across the Mississippi River and through the farmland, pastures and rolling, wooded hills of Trempealeau and Jackson Counties. The landmarks and scenery along every mile of the route have become deeply familiar to us over countless trips in all seasons.

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Cold winter: Corcoran weatherizes

You’ve probably noticed the higher gas costs this winter. This is partly the deep cold. Most Corcoran homes are using more natural gas and high demand has sent prices soaring nationwide. Centerpoint has also raised rates to pay for repairs to an aging gas system.

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Bees, solar and gardens coming to roofs in Southeast Como neighborhood

Solar panels, vegetation and buzzing bees could all appear on Southeast Como roofs this summer.

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Winter shut-off rule for propane heat gets House energy OK

Barring propane distributors from discontinuing wintertime service to the more than 200,000 Minnesotans who use the gas to heat their homes is the centerpiece of legislation OK’d by a House committee Monday, though the bill met heavy resistance from industry representatives who said it does nothing to address the causes of this winter’s propane shortage and would harm providers.

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For Minnesotans struggling to pay energy bills, bill offers more certainty

Pam Marshall, executive director of the Energy CENTS Coalition, right, and Patrick Boland manager of credit policy at Xcel Energy, testify before the House Energy Policy Committee March 3 during discussion of a bill sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Selcer, center, to regulate low-income residential electric customer programs. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Lawmakers could soon vote on another measure aimed at guaranteeing energy assistance to Minnesota’s low-income residents.

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OPINION | A pipe driven through the heart of Minnesota

MN 350, the Sierra Club, Honor the Earth and others are fighting Enbridge Energy of Canada before the Public Utilities Commission on April 3. Enbridge seeks to increase its enormous oil transport system using its existing Alberta Clipper Pipeline through Minnesota, increasing the barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from 450,000 to 800,000 piped from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wis. Many Minnesotans do not even know that this pipeline exists.

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Prospect Park plans local solar garden

Prospect Park residents are trying to make the neighborhood’s first community solar garden.

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