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Three things you may not know about your electric utility

Since Earth Day began more than 40 years ago, sustainability has become mainstream. What has not yet become common knowledge, though, is the role that the electric power industry plays in ensuring a cleaner energy future.

The electric power industry is in the midst of a major transformation-these are not your mom and pop utilities of the past.

We are spending $90 billion per year, on average, to transition to a cleaner generating fleet that includes more renewables like solar and wind power and to enhance the reliability and resiliency of the grid, which serves as the backbone of the entire system. These investments include integrating new technologies and new resources as well as being more efficient with the resources we have.

It's also worth noting that our industry has a strong track record on which to build upon when it comes to reducing emissions associated with the power we generate. In fact, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants are down by almost 75 percent from 1990 levels, during a period when electricity use has grown by more than 40 percent. Additionally, utilities have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels as of the end of 2013.

There are three more things you might not know about the utility industry's environmental commitment: Read more

ALLETE Clean Energy Acquires Southern Minnesota Wind Facility as Its Renewable Portfolio Expands to 437 Megawatts

April 16, 2015 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

DULUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALLETE Clean Energy, a subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE), has acquired a combined 97.5 megawatt (MW) wind generation facility near Lake Benton, Minn. for $47.5 million. Read more

CenterPoint Energy ranks highest in Operational Satisfaction in Utility Trusted Brand & Engagement Residential Study

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Minnesota Power exceeds state savings goal

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Xcel Energy's generating plant in Burnsville gets last shipment of coal

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — For more than 60 years, Xcel Energy's Burnsville plant has received shipments of coal to generate electricity.

That came to an end Wednesday. The last shipment of coal rolled in at the Black Dog generating station. Xcel Energy will stop generating electricity at the plant with coal in mid-April. Read more