The utility company spent more than $2.3 million on lobbying, followed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce which was also over $2 million.
State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'
The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.
Utilities ask MN residents to reduce energy use as cold snap induces peak demand
The central U.S. is in the midst of a cold snap.
Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash
The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.
Amazon to close Shakopee sort center, affecting 680 employees
The MSP5 center will close at the end of March.
Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic, Del Amitri to play 2 shows in Minnesota
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments
Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.
Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney
Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.
Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures
The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.
Richfield student dies of injuries following Bloomington hit-and-run
The second crash victim remains hospitalized.
Owners of Extreme Sandbox to open 'blue-collar focused' taphouse in Hastings
The Quarry Taphouse is expected to open in mid-February.
Gallery: $500k St. Paul home built in 1886 sits on three acres
Old world charm on the East Side.
Xcel Energy rethinks expansion of Prairie Island nuclear plant
The Minneapolis-based utility is asking Minnesota regulators to confirm the $310 million upgrade will benefit customers. Xcel says the project will take more time to complete and produce less power than originally thought. The company also says generating electricity with natural gas is more financially attractive because prices are at 10 year lows.
Xcel Energy's profit jumps nearly 18 percent in third-quarter
Reduced operating expenses over the summer months helped boost Xcel Energy Inc.'s third-quarter earnings, Dow Jones News reports. The Minneapolis-based utility earned $398 million, up nearly 18 percent from $338.3 million a year earlier.
Environmental groups want Minnesota to prod Xcel Energy away from coal
Xcel Energy will soon need to purchase new pollution control equipment if the company wants to keep burning coal at its largest Minnesota power plant in Becker. Environmental groups want the state to order the utility to study alternatives to coal, especially solar and wind power.
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.
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