Minnesota

Mass Water Pollution Incidents On Rise As China's Environment Deteriorates

If you needed any further proof that energy law is very complicated, Wednesday’s decision in North Dakota v. Heydinger should convince you.

Beijing Enveloped In Heavy Smog

Two Chinese entrepreneurs became billionaires earlier this week when their companies rose exponentially on the prospect of new pollution laws after a Chinese documentary similar to “An Inconvenient Truth”. “Zhang Kaiyuan, chairman of Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech Co., has a net worth of $1.1 billion, while Ao Xiaoqiang, chairman of Beijing SDL Technology Co.,… Keep reading →

Germany Invests Heavily In Solar Energy

Most people do not typically associate Minnesota with abundant sunshine, but after a landmark decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday the sun is definitely shining on this snow-swept state. The PUC established the first statewide program to fairly value investments in rooftop solar electricity generation. I listened to a portion of the public meeting and… Keep reading →


You’ve heard it before: Taking full advantage of wind power is dependent on finding an economically viable way to store its production, which often comes at night, when demand is low.

In Minnesota, where wind provided just shy of 10% of the state’s electricity in 2010 and continues to grow, a new study is suggesting that a viable way to do just that might be there for the taking in the Iron Range. Keep reading →