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April 19, 2016
New energy park to be constructed in Shakopee
SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has begun construction on a new 46-megawatt distributed generation power facility near Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The natural gas-fueled facility will add electric generation capacity to the 12 communities and utilities, including...
April 19, 2016 - 8:13am
December 16, 2015
No increases in electric, heat or water for Willmar utility customers
WILLMAR — No increases in electric, water and district heating rates are expected in the 2016 budget approved by the Willmar Municipal Utilities...
December 16, 2015 - 10:16pm
May 31, 2015
Xcel Energy to check lines via helicopter inspection
MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy will be inspecting its transmission lines via helicopter starting Monday. The examination of lines in Minnesota and in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota is an effort to ensure safety and reliability for Xcel’s customers, Xcel said in a news release. Crews...
May 31, 2015 - 11:51pm
May 29, 2015
Multi-site solar plan gets Minnesota PUC approval
ST. PAUL — State regulators approved Minnesota’s first industrial-scale solar energy project Thursday, a mammoth 21-site setup that will dot the Twin Cities exurbs and beyond with acres of solar panels.
May 29, 2015 - 11:25pm
Willmar wind turbine idled since April expected to be turning by week’s end
WILLMAR — The wind turbine on the north edge of Willmar that lost its nosecone in April this year was repaired Tuesday afternoon.
July 29, 2014 - 11:09pm
June 22, 2014
Milan man proposes wind turbines to power Willmar wastewater plant
WILLMAR — A Milan man is proposing to erect wind turbines on Willmar city-owned property to generate electricity to run Willmar’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. However, the proposal could have a negative financial impact on Willmar Municipal Utilities, which sells electricity...
June 22, 2014 - 11:07pm
June 16, 2014
Willmar Municipal Utilities promotes Smith
WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities announces the promotion of Jeron Smith to staff electric engineer. Smith has been employed as an assistant engineer at Willmar Municipal Utilities since 2010, and most recently achieved the status of professional engineer. Smith and his wife,...
June 16, 2014 - 11:39pm
Great River Energy elects Spicer man to board
MAPLE GROVE — Dale Anderson of Kandiyohi Power Cooperative of Spicer was one of 24 people elected to the Great River Energy’s board of directors during the annual meeting June 4 at the company’s headquarters in Maple Grove. Also during the annual meeting, Great River Energy...
June 16, 2014 - 11:38pm
June 9, 2014
Willmar Utilities Commission OKs becoming a transmission owner
By David Little firstname.lastname@example.org WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted Monday to become an owner in the region’s electrical transmission grid. The commission’s action will lead to Willmar becoming an owner in Midcontinent Independent System Operator....
June 9, 2014 - 11:04pm
October 23, 2013
Minnesota Power files for new transmission line
DULUTH -- Minnesota Power has taken the next formal step to build a new 240-mile, high-voltage transmission line from the Manitoba border to the Iron Range.
October 23, 2013 - 12:25pm
September 20, 2013
EPA expected to tighten curbs on new power plant pollution
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will unveil on Friday new regulations expected to set strict limits on the amount of carbon pollution...
September 20, 2013 - 7:51am
August 12, 2013
Ten years after NE blackout, U.S. power grid smarter, sturdier
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was just another hot August afternoon for New York electricity grid chief Rick Gonzales, as he sat in the control room helping to make sure the state's 8 million homes had enough power to keep the lights on and the air conditioning running.
August 12, 2013 - 7:59am
July 9, 2013
Judge recommends limiting Xcel Energy rate hike
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An administrative law judge says Xcel Energy's proposed electricity rate hike should be held to 4.7 percent. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Xcel said Monday that last week's recommendations by Administrative Law Judge Jeanne Cochran...
July 9, 2013 - 7:02am
June 24, 2013
Tens of thousands still without power in Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says the number of Minnesota customers without power is down to about 60,000. The Minneapolis-based utility has been working for days to restore power following a series of severe thunderstorms that swept through Minnesota and western Wisconsin...
June 24, 2013 - 7:05am
June 21, 2013
Thousands without power in Minnesota after storms
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says nearly 140,000 customers are without power in Minnesota following severe thunderstorms. The company reports about 1,500 outages affecting about 139,600 customers before 7 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service says some parts of Minnesota...
June 21, 2013 - 7:05am