The Minneapolis-based utility filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C. today. Xcel Energy says the EPA's new regulations - which set the air-pollution standards for transport - fail to credit the improvements the utility has already made. Xcel is asking an appeals court to review the agency's regulations under the Clean Air Act from July.
Report: Minnesota's first Omicron case linked to 15 COVID infections at NYC anime convention
The Minnesota patient was in New York with 30 friends last month.
Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul
Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa
Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.
Police find man dead, another with 'self-inflicted stab wound' in St. Anthony home
The incident is now under investigation.
Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals
Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.
Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six
Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.
Popular Minneapolis taproom to start requiring proof of vaccination
The new policy will only apply to indoor service.
Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions
The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.
Xcel Energy significantly reduces proposed rate hike
The deal still needs approval by the state Public Utilities Commission. If approved, the average Xcel residential customer would see a 2.7 percent rate increase -- or an additional $2.30 a month.
Judge endorses dramatically lower Xcel Energy electric-rate increase
The recommendation is 63 percent lower than Xcel Energy's original request. A spokeswoman told the Pioneer Press residential customers would see their monthly bill increase by about $2. If the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission agrees with the judge, customers would receive a refund of about $24.
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.
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.
EPA finishes 7-year arsenic cleanup in Minneapolis neighborhoods
Federal officials on Tuesday are announcing the end of a seven-year effort to clean up arsenic contamination in several South Minneapolis neighborhoods, which included tearing up more than 600 yards. The $28 million project aimed to remove the toxic chemical left by a former pesticide plant.
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.
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