A Hennepin County judge ruled Friday that city officials can no longer ban small wind energy systems used at businesses and homes, including Jay Nygard's. For four years, he's been battling his neighbors and city officials in court for the right to keep four homemade wind turbines on his Lake Minnet ... More >>
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, believes life is hard -- especially if you're unlucky enough to live near a frac sand deposit.SEE ALSO: Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan resigns amid frac sand lobbying controversy During a hearing earlier this week about a proposed one-year moratorium on new frac sand mines ... More >>
Two weeks after saying he didn't plan to let a lobbying controversy end his tenure as Red Wing mayor, Dennis Egan has had a change of heart.SEE ALSO: Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson was too drunk for jail after drunk-driving arrest Egan became mayor in early 2011 and won 73 percent of the vote last ... More >>
Matt Damon and John Krasinski pit big business against small-town environmentalists in this hard-sell film
America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wasn't meant to lead a nation. But, since his August announcement to drop his 2012 presidential bid, he's made sure he's still governing something, somewhere. Pawlenty was named to Smart Sand Inc.'s Board of Directors on Wednesday, which marks his eighth appointmen ... More >>
In a blog post published this morning, Rochester Post-Bulletin Managing Editor Jay Furst blasts the Star Tribune for publishing "a ridiculous story" about "a report" of an eagle killed by a wind turbine on the Minnesota-Iowa border.The story -- "Eagle may have died from wind turbine" -- was written ... More >>
TVAMonty Burns is looking to expand his operation.For a while there, Minnesota was vying to take the lead in pioneering the use of renewable energy. This week, the new Republican legislature will try to push is in a different direction: building more nuclear plants.Minnesota already has two nucle ... More >>
Oil company has friends on the PUC
Want to flip open your smart phone and see how much energy your drafty old home is sucking off the power grid while you're slaving away at work? There's an app for that.
Ellison and Entenza attended law school together at the University of Minnesota and also served together in the Minnesota legislature.
State legislators took steps yesterday to lift a 15-year ban on the development of nuclear power plants in Minnesota. Now it's up to the House to decide.
Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas
Are we now scraping the bottom of the barrel?
It was ahead of its time, but now the nonprofit has a looming debt problem
Rep. Michele Bachmann wants us to think we can get instant relief in gas prices through legislation, but we aren' ... More >>
After City Pages exposes a local nuclear power plant operator with a fake diploma, his bosses reluctantly give him the ax
While we don't pretend to have extensive training in the dark art of public relations, and at risk of sounding like a broken record, we have to say that this strikes us as fairly stupid.
Happily for us--but less so for our cheese-loving neighbors to the east--the man who reportedly bought bogus degrees in nuclear engineering and accounting has found a new job. At a Wisconsin nuclear po ... More >>
Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle
Xcel energy spearheads a high-stakes plan to store nuclear waste on a tiny, dirt-poor Indian reservation in the Utah desert
A boondoggle on the range lives another day
Author/Enviro Jeffrey St. Clair on the silence of the greens
Coleman and Dayton partner up to bring home the bacon
Depleted uranium: A deadly tool in the U.S. arsenal
Xcel comes begging for more nuclear waste storage
Why is the nuclear-power industry courting Norm Coleman?
Terrorism puts industry self-regulation on ice
NSP hands the keys for its Minnesota reactors to a holding company. Is this part of a dangerous chain reaction in the nuclear power industry?
Alfalfa electricity? Northern States Power planted the idea, Minnesota farmers grew it, and a bitter tug-of-war chopped it down.
Under the 1994 Prairie Island law, NSP must pay millions into a clean-energy fund. Fine, says the power company--but define "pay."
The current investigation into rafting the rapids on Minneapolis's stretch of the Mississippi
A fake flyer making the rounds at the Capitol suggests NSP wants to pay itself millions in fines for failing to move nuclear waste off Prairie Island. Lawmakers say the parody is eerily accurate.
The cost of clean electricity, environmentalists say, should be borne by all Minnesota ratepayers, not just ecologically minded customers who can afford the premium.
The little-noted push to deregulate utilities will drive up rates and jeopardize service--not to mention
When a group of activists gained access to private papers from NSP's lawsuit against Westinghouse, they got a rare look at one of the nuclear industry's most serious problems.