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Confessions of a Former Xcel Energy Employee- Can Minnesota Avoid Wreckage Seen in Colorado?

A tell-all from Duane Richards, a former Xcel Energy employee, who plainly states that the company's "Steel for Fuel" agenda is an attempt to bolster shareholder profits at the expense of Colorado ratepayers, who will be stuck footing the bill. We can learn a lot in Minnesota from our friends in the west about the wisdom of pushing for greater renewable energy mandates, as some candidates for public office are advocating....

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Two Dozen Anti-Pipeline Protesters Arrested in Bemidji: They Aren’t The Heroes They Think They Are

Anti-pipeline activists forget that engineering is a science, and that it allows us to transport oil and natural gas safely through pipelines more than 99.999 percent of the time. These people are not defenders of science or the environment. They're a sideshow movement that has deluded themselves into thinking they are somehow saving the planet, when in reality the policies they advocate put the environment at greater risk....

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Bemidji Police Break Up Pipeline Protest

It's still not clear which route the recently approved Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline will take through northern Minnesota. It doesn't really matter. Regardless of the pipeline's ultimate path, activists will be there to create havoc and disrupt the $3 billion project, despite its critical economic and environmental benefits. The usual suspects got a head start this week in Bemidji, disrupting traffic and making a general nuisance of themselves, according to a report in the Pioneer. More than two dozen people were cited as about 100 people gathered and blocked streets in downtown Bemidji on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in opposition of the Line 3...

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Company Proposes Building 71 Wind Turbines in Dodge County at a Whopping $4.3 Million A Pop

 NextEra Energy is seeking to build 71 wind turbines in Dodge County, Minnesota. The turbines would have a maximum capacity of up to 170 megawatts. Each turbine will be up to 88 meters tall from the ground to the hub in the center of the blades. The project is expected to cost around $300 million. Or roughly $4.3 million per wind turbine....

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Future of Wind “Uncertain” After Federal Subsidies Expire

Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017. Recent and near-term additions are supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—as well as a myriad of state-level policies." So much for "Free market" renewable energy, eh?...

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Trump Administration Releases Revised Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration has released its revised version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was considered to be the signature climate change regulation of the Obama Administration. The new rule, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants rather than imposing a set of top-down policies from the federal government. The CPP was designed to fundamentally transform electricity markets by forcing coal plants to retire and require the use of wind and solar to replace. As we've already seen in Minnesota, this comes...

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City of Minneapolis Opposes Clean, Emission-Free Hydroelectric Power In Their Backyard

It turns out maybe the City of Minneapolis isn't as gung-ho about renewable energy when the proposed project is in their own backyard.  Crown Hydro LLC, a hydroelectric company, wants to build a powerhouse beside the St. Anthony Falls and a tunnel running beneath the historic Stone Arch Bridge, but this plan is opposed by the city, its Park Board, and an array of advocacy groups focused on the river. ...

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Gov Primary Recap: What Do Tuesday’s Results Mean for Energy and Environmental Policy?

Elections have consequences, and this axiom is true in primary elections, as well the general election to be held in November. Now that the dust has settled, it's a good time to look and see how the two major-party candidates for governor stack up on energy and environmental issues....

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Kudos to Crow Wing Power For Their Truth in Billing

I admire Crow Wing Power because they shoot straight on the true cost of wind power on their website. Other power providers should follow suit and put the true cost of renewables (including the cost of renewables and duplicate generators) as a line item cost on customers' utility bills. Truth in Billing and opt-ins' for renewable energy programs would allow people to decide for themselves whether they deem the additional cost of renewable energy as a worthwhile choice, or whether they prioritize lower rates....

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Sorry, Citypages. Free Enterprise Has Nothing To Do With Renewable Energy Growth

Citypages writer Pete Kotz recently wrote an article claiming renewable energy is a free market success story, and that jobs in the renewable energy industry are "blowing up" despite "sabotage" from none other than Center of the American Experiment. If a few inconvenient truths about wind and solar energy and a handful of billboards can garner such angst from Citypages, I feel like we're doing something right. ...

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