Minnesota regulators this week signed off on Xcel Energy's plans to greatly reduce its carbon emissions by obtaining half the power it provides to customers in the Upper Midwest from wind and solar sources by 2030.
The parent company of We Energies announced plans on Tuesday to phase out coal from its energy-generation mix by 2035 by converting coal plants so they run on natural gas and spending more on renewable energy.
A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify the local economy as Xcel Energy plans to retire most of the generators at the plant in the next seven years.
The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation.
Minnesota regulators on Monday narrowly approved plans for a $700 million natural-gas plant in Superior, giving the go-ahead to a project that would provide power across state lines while blocking an independent group's call for an environmental review of the project.