energy

Cold winter: Corcoran weatherizes

You’ve probably noticed the higher gas costs this winter. This is partly the deep cold. Most Corcoran homes are using more natural gas and high demand has sent prices soaring nationwide. Centerpoint has also raised rates to pay for repairs to an aging gas system.

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Bees, solar and gardens coming to roofs in Southeast Como neighborhood

Solar panels, vegetation and buzzing bees could all appear on Southeast Como roofs this summer.

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Winter shut-off rule for propane heat gets House energy OK

Barring propane distributors from discontinuing wintertime service to the more than 200,000 Minnesotans who use the gas to heat their homes is the centerpiece of legislation OK’d by a House committee Monday, though the bill met heavy resistance from industry representatives who said it does nothing to address the causes of this winter’s propane shortage and would harm providers.

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For Minnesotans struggling to pay energy bills, bill offers more certainty

Pam Marshall, executive director of the Energy CENTS Coalition, right, and Patrick Boland manager of credit policy at Xcel Energy, testify before the House Energy Policy Committee March 3 during discussion of a bill sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Selcer, center, to regulate low-income residential electric customer programs. (Photo by Andrew VonBank)

Lawmakers could soon vote on another measure aimed at guaranteeing energy assistance to Minnesota’s low-income residents.

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OPINION | A pipe driven through the heart of Minnesota

MN 350, the Sierra Club, Honor the Earth and others are fighting Enbridge Energy of Canada before the Public Utilities Commission on April 3. Enbridge seeks to increase its enormous oil transport system using its existing Alberta Clipper Pipeline through Minnesota, increasing the barrels per day of tar sands crude oil from 450,000 to 800,000 piped from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wis. Many Minnesotans do not even know that this pipeline exists.

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Prospect Park plans local solar garden

Prospect Park residents are trying to make the neighborhood’s first community solar garden.

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House passes emergency heating bill 133-0

Low-income Minnesotans may no longer have to worry about running out of heat this winter.

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"Global cooling" raised during propane crisis debate in Minnesota legislature

Poor people in Minnesota may run out of money to pay for heat in a winter that has seen skyrocketing propane costs and a record number of plunging subzero days. So the first act of the Minnesota legislature as it reconvened this year was to add 20 million dollars to the emergency low income assistance heat fund that could run out soon.

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Minneapolis explores new energy options

City Council members are considering modifications to the city’s current contracts with two large utility companies in an effort to achieve cleaner and more sustainable energy in Minneapolis — changes some University of Minnesota students and community members have deemed necessary.

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Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several Phillips Neighborhood residents, and in 2010 they began their Solar Lanterns and Solar Generators project/workshops due to great interest in helping to build healthier neighborhoods.

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