Minnesota

Minnesota ALJ Recommends Approving Controversial Enbridge Line 3 from Canada

Beleaguered Canadian exporters won a verdict Monday that favors new pipeline construction across Minnesota, as long as sponsor Enbridge Inc. confines the work to replacing a half-century-old conduit inside its original route.

April 24, 2018

Enbridge Oil Pipeline Replacement in Minnesota Draws Pushback

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has recommended the state shut down and not approve a pending oil pipeline replacement project by Enbridge Inc.

September 15, 2017
Minnesota Power to Close Two Coal Units, Add NatGas Generation

Minnesota Power to Close Two Coal Units, Add NatGas Generation

Minnesota Power plans to idle its Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder, MN, next year, cease coal operations there in 2020, and add 200-300 MW of natural gas-fired generation to its portfolio within the next decade, all as part of a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions.

July 13, 2015
Minnesota Power to Close Two Coal Units, Add NatGas Generation

Minnesota Power to Close Two Coal Units, Add NatGas Generation

Minnesota Power plans to idle its Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder, MN, next year, cease coal operations there in 2020, and add 200-300 MW of natural gas-fired generation to its portfolio within the next decade, all as part of a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions.

July 13, 2015

Is the Sandman Fracking’s New Boogeyman?

The mining and transport of proppant sand are drawing controversy similar to that related to the content and handling of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids if recent events are an indication.

August 23, 2013

Industry Briefs

Natural gas prices trending up nationally were cited by Minnesota-based Xcel Energy for its latest higher retail gas charges at its Colorado combination utility as part of its quarterly price adjustments for retail electric and gas rates. Overall, Xcel said total utility bills in Colorado will be lower in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, but on an annual basis, “a national trend in higher natural gas commodity prices” will continue to put upward pressure on utility bills. Under the quarterly gas cost adjustment, the cost of natural gas in the third quarter will be slightly higher than the second quarter, but because of a “significant drop” in use expected in the summer quarter, residential bills will be about $8 lower/month, compared to the current quarter, Xcel said. Residential gas bills in the third quarter will still be $3.15 more than they were in the third quarter last year. “Much of 2012 was marked by historically low gas prices,” Xcel said. Typical monthly residential and small business gas bills during the third quarter are expected to be $21.98 and $81.73, respectively, compared to average bills of $18.83 and $68.81, respectively, in the third quarter of 2012.

June 19, 2013

Xcel to Upgrade, Expand Colorado Gas, Steam System

Minnesota-based Xcel Energy’s Colorado utility plans to upgrade and expand its natural gas and steam infrastructure in response to regulatory mandates and safety needs calling for an overhaul of the utility’s pipelines system. Xcel is asking state regulators to approve annual gas utility retail rate increases averaging 3.6% and totaling $113.8 million through 2015.

December 14, 2012

Industry Brief

Xcel Energy’s 550 MW Unit 1 at its Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Minnesota began a planned four- to six-week refueling outage late last Friday, meaning the multi-state utility holding company will be drawing on added supplies from its other generation sources or purchasing more power in the wholesale market. The refueling comes after more than 500 days of continuous operation of the unit, Xcel said. The unit is one of two at the 1,100 MW plant in Red Wing, MN. One of the reactors typically is refueled every 18 months.

May 4, 2011

Most Points Fall on Waning Weather, Storage Support

As a marketer had correctly predicted, the cash market was unable to sustain Tuesday’s brief burst of firmness and was down at nearly all points Wednesday. The previous day’s 4.1-cent drop by September futures played a minor bearish role, of course, but it was primarily the subpar late-summer cooling load and continuing warnings about storage facilities soon being unable to accommodate further injections in many locations (see related story) that drove most quotes downward.

August 27, 2009

Skilling Begins Prison Sentence in Minnesota

Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling began serving a 24-year and six-month prison sentence Wednesday at a medium-security federal prison in Minnesota after an appeals court turned down his request to remain free while he challenges his sentence.

December 14, 2006