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energy and mining

January 31, 2019
Xcel says gas customers back online following statewide request to lower thermostats
January 31, 2019 - 3:33pm
January 30, 2019
WMU power reliability even higher in 2018
January 30, 2019 - 5:25pm
January 29, 2019

The steel structure at Willmar Municipal Utilities' Priam substation is going up and both Willmar Municipal Utilities and Great River Energy are working on completing transmission lines. The hope is to have the substation operational by summer.
Priam substation expected online this summer
January 29, 2019 - 8:14pm
January 17, 2019
Public domain image of T-86 Round Thermostat, by Honeywell International
Assistance with heat bills is available to Minnesotans
January 17, 2019 - 5:02pm
January 11, 2019
John M. Steiner / Forum News Service file photo
Final information meeting for Kandiyohi County Solar is Jan. 16
January 11, 2019 - 10:42am
January 6, 2019
Tom Cherveny / Tribune 

Crews working for Xcel Energy removed an exterior coal-loading system from the shuttered Minnesota Valley plant on the east edge of Granite Falls. The former coal-fired plant has not produced electricity since 2004, and is scheduled to be dismantled in 2023.
Changing energy landscape in western Minnesota: Wind turbines go up as work to dismantle coal plant starts
January 6, 2019 - 8:36am
December 27, 2018
An American flag flies on top of a Unit Drilling rig in the Bakken Formation outside Watford City, N.D., on March 9, 2018.  Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker
U.S. shale's blows leave Middle East oil producers staggering
December 27, 2018 - 10:35am
December 21, 2018
Protesters set up a giant loon outside the Crosslake Community Center in 2017 where public hearings occurred about the Enbridge Line 3 expansion proposal. Frank Lee / Forum News Service file photo
With Minn. Gov’s backing, Commerce appeals Line 3
December 21, 2018 - 6:51pm
December 20, 2018
PolyMet will use rod mills, at right, to crush metal-bearing rock from 1/2-inch-sized pieces to small pieces of gravel as part of the process of extracting copper, nickel and other metals from the mine. The mills are part of the old LTV processing plant now owned by PolyMet. File photo by Bob King
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issues copper-nickel mine permits
December 20, 2018 - 5:53pm
December 19, 2018
Nancy Emerson of Moorhead fills her gas tank at M&H in Moorhead on Tuesday, Dec. 17.   Barry Amundson / The Forum
Holiday travelers see lowest gas prices of the year across the region
December 19, 2018 - 5:02pm
December 18, 2018
Brendon Ruppell, a first-year wind energy technician major, looks down nearly 300 feet from the top of Lake Region State College's wind turbine. He has climbed the tower more than a dozen times.  Forum News Service file photo
Wind, solar power increasing in region
December 18, 2018 - 3:37pm
Tribune file photo
A district judge has ruled that a "reasonable time" has elapsed in the contract between the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company and Glacial Plains Cooperative. It could be the final word in litigation that has spanned more than four years between the two cooperatives in Benson.
Chippewa Valley, Glacial Plains litigation appears at end: District court order allows for end of contract
December 18, 2018 - 6:28am
December 14, 2018
Enbridge to remove existing Line 3 from tribal lands if new pipeline is built
December 14, 2018 - 5:39pm
December 12, 2018
Thick smoke pours from the fire at the Husky Enery oil refinery in Superior, Wis. Thursday afternoon on April 26. Bob King / Forum News Service
Safeguards ‘ineffective’ at preventing northwest Wis. refinery explosion
December 12, 2018 - 5:48pm
December 10, 2018
Tom Cherveny / Tribune 
David Neely is project manager for the Renville Wind Farm with EDP Renewables. The company hosted an open house Wednesday in Bird Island to provide information on the company's plans for a 100-megawatt wind farm north of Bird Island.
100-megawatt wind farm proposed in Renville County
December 10, 2018 - 8:30pm