St. Cloud officially received 11 inches of snow in yesterday's storm. All of that snow coupled with high winds has Xcel Energy officials reminding natural gas customers to clear snow and ice away from meters.
Clean air advocates are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking an order to require the EPA to mandate that Xcel Energy install the best available technology to reduce emissions at Minnesota's biggest power plant.
Xcel Energy is asking Minnesota regulators for a 10.7 percent increase in electric rates. The Minneapolis-based utility says it needs $285 million in extra revenue to pay for investments in nuclear power plants and a stronger grid.
It's been nearly a year since one of the three coal fired units at the Sherco Power Plant in Becker failed, and went off-line. Today (Tuesday) Xcel Energy officials gave a tour of the plant, and an update on their progress in getting it back up and running.
Xcel Energy Inc. has shut down two of Minnesota's three nuclear reactors. The Monticello plant had been operating at 10-percent power since the weekend, and operators shut down Prairie Island's Unit 1 plant Tuesday.