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US Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry leaves after the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool
Trump could take quick action on energy, environment and climate
January 20, 2017 - 10:18pm
December 15, 2016
Apple's new MacBooks are displayed following an Apple event in San Francisco March 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo
California adopts first U.S. energy-saving rules for computers
December 15, 2016 - 7:59am
December 14, 2016
Renewable energy sources, which include wind, solar and hydroelectric, account for 22 percent of Willmar’s power load.  Wind turbines produce just a small portion of that.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
Nearly a quarter of Willmar's power is renewable
December 14, 2016 - 7:00am
December 8, 2016


Solar panels are shown in this file photo at the BOLD Schools football field in Olivia.
Tom Cherveny / Tribune file photo
Solar garden planned north of Brainerd
December 8, 2016 - 6:18pm
New LED lights are lit Monday evening in Spicer. There are 51 poles down state Highway 23 that now have the light emitting-diode lights that were installed as part of a citywide retrofit.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Spicer has seen the light
December 8, 2016 - 6:11am
November 29, 2016
The present Municipal Power Plant pictured in a May file photo is located at the intersection of 7th Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. The plant's security was breached recently by an unknown intruder, who found his way to the roof before being secured. File photo / Rand Middleton / Tribune
Officials review security of Willmar power plant after intruder incident
November 29, 2016 - 9:35pm
November 15, 2016
Billings County Commissioners Joseph Kessel, Jim Arthaud ad Mike Kasian listen to public comment during a special meeting for a proposed wind farm in Billings County. (Forum News Service photo by Kalsey Stults)
Wind farm application rejected by Billings County Commission
November 15, 2016 - 7:50pm
October 25, 2016
Leak reported at nuclear reactor in Norway
October 25, 2016 - 3:51pm
October 13, 2016
Activists are seen attempting to cut chains after trespassing into a valve station for pipelines carrying crude from Canadian oils sands into the U.S. markets near Clearbrook, Minnesota, in this image released on October 16.   Courtesy Climate Direct Action/Handout via REUTERS
Daring U.S. pipeline sabotage spawned by lobster boat coal protest
October 13, 2016 - 4:10pm
September 21, 2016
Minnesota and Xcel Energy officials announce on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that a third of the state Capitol complex will get electricity from rural Minnesota solar and wind farms. From left are Administration Commissioner Matt Massman, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Excel President Chris Clark. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
State to buy rural Minnesota renewable energy for Capitol complex
September 21, 2016 - 7:17pm
August 24, 2016
Briana Sanchez / Tribune

Tanks located at the Willmar Wastewater Treatment Plant are shown Wednesday. A committee of the Willmar City Council heard a proposal this week for construction of a waste bioconversion facility at or near the plant.
Willmar committee hears proposal to convert waste to energy
August 24, 2016 - 7:21pm
July 28, 2016
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
July 28, 2016 - 12:00am
July 27, 2016
A Willmar Municipal Utilities worker in this October 2015 photo operates a front-end loader on the utilities' coal pile to make room for receiving more. Willmar Municipal Utilities is trying to stockpile coal for this winter, but railroad deliveries are lagging. (Tribune file photo)
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
July 27, 2016 - 11:50pm
May 13, 2016
Six states along rejected Keystone pipeline file briefs in support of lawsuit
May 13, 2016 - 5:30am
April 19, 2016
New energy park to be constructed in Shakopee
April 19, 2016 - 8:13am