It's true. Xcel Energy reports power use during the scorching summer of 2012 was about one percent less than the year before. The utility says conservation efforts - including more efficient appliances and light bulbs - are making a difference.
2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing
The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.
Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US
The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.
Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months
James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.
Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances
Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.
Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol
The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.
Reservation holders at Gavin Kaysen's new restaurant asked to rebook after mishap
Mara opens next month in the Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis.
Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud
Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.
Uvalde school massacre: MN Democrats call for action, Republicans prayers
The tragedy in Texas has sparked different reactions from Minnesota's congressional delegation.
St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders
Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.
State orders Xcel to study alternatives to coal-fired plants near Becker
The Public Utilities Commission ordered Xcel Energy to study the cost of new pollution control equipment at two of its coal-burning units in Sherburne County and compare that with the cost of replacing them with a cleaner alternative. Environmental groups consider the order a victory, but Xcel says it was planning something similar. The study is due next summer.
Hot weather is cool cash for Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy's second-quarter earnings increased 16 percent despite a 7 percent drop in revenue, the Minneapolis-based utility reported Thursday. Xcel said earnings increased in part due to rate increases and warmer-than-normal weather across Xcel's territory, which spans eight western and Midwestern states including Minnesota.
Xcel Energy looks into 'unusual event' at Prairie Island nuclear plant
Officials at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant are investigating what it calls an "unusual event" after a piece of security equipment failed Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. Xcel Energy said no radioactive material was released during the incident and there is no danger to the public or its workers.
Xcel Energy approved to increase electricity prices 2.7 percent
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the rate increase, but it's actually less than half what the Minneapolis-based utility originally requested. The Star Tribune reports the average residential customer will get a $30 refund because they've already been paying a higher interim rate.
Solar rebates for Minnesota Xcel Energy customers going away
A solar energy program that has provided rebates to more than 500 Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota since 2010 will be phased out starting in 2013. The Minneapolis-based company said its Solar Rewards program met its goal of adding six megawatts of solar-powered electricity to its system, and now it wants to devote more of its efforts to energy conservation.
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