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With federal and private funding, the project seeks to build a trolley line that dump trucks could follow from the mine pit to crushing operations
The bills have not been taken up by committees and would need Republican support to pass the state Senate
A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers is backing a bill to explore the feasibility of smaller “advanced” reactors.
North Dakota officials are preparing to file a lawsuit against Minnesota on the grounds that the law interferes with their ability to sell coal and natural gas.

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Local public utilities would be required to reach 100% carbon-free energy generation by 2040, drawing concerns over feasibility and rate increases.
The standard now awaits a signature from Gov. Tim Walz, who said he supports the legislation.
A bill being fast-tracked by Democrats through the Legislature would require Minnesota utilities to have carbon-free electricity generation. It now awaits a vote of the full Senate.
The first piece of climate legislation to see significant movement this session is a bill that would require Minnesota utilities to have 100% carbon-free electricity generation by 2040.
One expert in the Minnesota solar industry said colder weather actually makes solar panels more efficient.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s solar report shows solar capacity and consumption has increased steadily since 2013. The industry believes expanding capabilities will lead to even more growth.

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Summit says proceedings could start in March; other parties ask for more time. The pipeline route includes North Dakota, southeast South Dakota, and soutwest and western Minnesota.
The legislation would allow the year-round, nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than 10%.
Xcel Energy oversaw the implosion of the former Minnesota Valley electric generation plant in Granite Falls on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The plant generated electricity from 1930 to 2004, and was officially retired in 2009.

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