A citizens group in Minneapolis wants the city to use its franchise power agreements to push Xcel Energy for more aggressive adoption of renewable power and efficiency measures.
Appraisers rarely consider energy use when determining a home’s value. Two homes that are identical except for energy efficiency are likely to be appraised for the same amount. A bill in the U.S. Senate aims to change that.
A northern Minnesota start-up company wants to develop a municipal sewer heat recovery system, which would heat buildings using warmth from the city’s sewers — minus the stench.
The University of Minnesota has licensed a new technology that could be used to smooth out many of the peaks and valleys in wind and solar power generation.
A Northwestern University professor says because wind power investments can be built up gradually over time, they may have a potential advantage over large, conventional power plants.