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How 2023 changed the way states do climate policy

Minnesota Democrats, newly in control of the state government, began 2023 by enacting a clean electricity standard. Michigan lawmakers followed suit months later — as one of their final acts before gaveling out for the year.

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How giving trucks an electric boost can help cut mining pollution in Minnesota

U.S. Steel and Minnesota Power have applied for a U.S. Department of Energy grant in hopes of kickstarting a project that seeks to test a system to partially power mining trucks with electricity.

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Is Xcel Energy holding back substation capacity from solar developers? It’s complicated

Clean energy advocates believe technical restrictions imposed by Xcel Energy are curtailing the expansion of solar energy in Minnesota.

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Minnesota adjusts solar incentives to prioritize low-income households

A new law requires Xcel Energy to dedicate half of its Solar Rewards program budget to income-qualified customers, a category that includes schools and nonprofits.
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Saving monarch butterflies is this Minnesota mayor's conservation project

Amáda Márquez Simula, the mayor of Columbia Heights, explains how her focus on saving monarch butterflies has sparked community interest in environmental conservation.
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In warming Great Lakes, climate triage means some cold waters won’t be saved

Government officials begin the grim task of prioritizing which cold lakes and rivers to sacrifice — or save — as the climate changes. Not all cold-water loving fish may survive in the northern Great Lakes region.
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As cities swelter, urban shade trees fall by the millions

Midwestern cities face a dilemma: Remove mature ash trees that keep neighborhoods cool or leave them to be devoured by a tiny bug.