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Xcel Energy Will Spend More Than $2 Billion To Maintain Existing Wind Turbines Through 2034

If Minnesota policymakers were truly concerned with providing reliable electricity at a low cost, they would be encouraging utility companies to utilize existing resources, like our existing coal, natural gas, and nuclear power facilities, throughout their useful lives, and wouldn’t be allowing the high level of investments Xcel is asking for....

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Even Magic Can’t Make Green Energy Work

This is the Center's most recent radio ad on the futility of "green" energy, i.e. wind and solar. In the current session, efforts to expand Minnesota's renewable energy electricity mandate, first to 50%, then to 100%, were defeated on a bipartisan basis in the state Senate. But the battle will be joined again when the legislature convenes next year. [audio mp3="https://2lffqo2moysixpyb349z0bj6-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Green-Energy-Fairy_V2.mp3"][/audio]...

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Rob Port: Xcel’s Coal-Free Plan is Politics Not Reality

The article below originally appeared in the Inforum, and it's spot on.  Xcel's decision is about padding its ratebase, and thus its corporate profits, and if they have to team up with the environmental groups, then so be it. MINOT, N.D. — “Xcel Energy plans to shutter its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled — a move that will make the utility coal-free in the region by 2030,” Mary Divine reported for the St. Paul Pioneer Press this week. That’s big news. All the more so because it’s not the full measure of Xcel’s ambition. The...

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Pollution Control Equipment Has Greatly Reduced Emissions at Minnesota’s Clean, Beautiful Coal Plants

Some renewable energy advocacy groups claim that Minnesota should aspire to have cheaper and cleaner electricity by using more wind and solar. Of course, this logic makes no sense because wind and solar increase the cost of electricity in Minnesota, but it is worth looking at whether coal-fired power, which is among the most affordable ways to generate electricity in Minnesota, is actually dirty. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, it isn't. When most people think of coal, they probably think of the smog-filled skies of 1950's Pittsburgh or scenes from modern-day Beijing, but advanced pollution control technology at coal-fired...

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This D-Day Anniversary, Remember the Soldiers, and Remember Minnesota’s Iron Miners

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. The United States could not have prevailed in World War II without the soldiers who stormed those beaches. Likewise, America could not have won the war without Minnesota's miners, who labored tirelessly to produce the iron ore that became the ships, aircraft, and rifles used achieve that feat....

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While Liberal Environmental Groups Delay MN Mining, Canada Approves Another Mine

While liberal environmental groups continue to file lawsuits and obstruct permits for non-ferrous mining in Minnesota, Canada has approved another mine. The latest mine approved by our friends to the north will develop gold resources approximately 100 miles north of International Falls, Minnesota. It is unfortunate that groups like the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness eschew responsible mining in Minnesota in favor of an "abstinence only" mining policy. Doing so deprives thousands of hardworking Minnesotans of good-paying, family supporting jobs while also forcing mining to areas of the world where there are no protections...

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