Category Archives: Energy

Good News: PUC Sets New Values for Health & Environmental Cost of Energy

Train derailments, pipeline spills, explosions – it feels like the energy sector is just one bad news story after another, but that’s not the case in Minnesota. We’ve got a little celebrating to do! At the end of December, the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Political/Legislative | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Do You Dream of Going Solar?

Fall is the time to start planning for a solar PV (electricity) installation for the coming year. You can learn more about solar energy by taking a class at the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES). This organization also offers site … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, local economy | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Researchers Question Enbridge Oil Spill Risk Assessment Methods

Today is the last day to submit a rebuttal comment to Enbridge’s request before the PUC to increase the carrying capacity of one of its pipelines across northern Minnesota. Yesterday the Vancouver Sun carried an interesting article about Enbridge’s faulty … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change/Science, Energy | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Focus of Year 3: Learning and Political Action

So we’re two-plus years into this adventure. The first year we worked on energy usage and reducing our carbon footprint. The second year we worked on food production and food preservation. This year we’re focusing on learning more about the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Political/Legislative | Tagged | Leave a comment

Take Action Today: PUC Comment on Enbridge Pipeline Expansion

Immediate Action Needed: Enbridge Energy has filed a Certificate of Need permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to increase the capacity of its Line 67 pipeline by 26%. The PUC accepted public comments and Enbridge made a response. The … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Political/Legislative | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Bill Could Allow Energy Companies to Substitute Dirty Biomass for Electricity Savings

Alan Muller, with Neighbors Against the Burner, posted an interesting notice in a Transition discussion group about House File 780 and Senate File 642. This is important information that was new to me so I asked for his permission to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change/Science, Energy, Political/Legislative | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Personal Permaculture 2: Capture and Store Energy

This month’s permaculture principle is “Capture and store energy.” Since we’re looking at permaculture broadly, the conversation encompassed many different types of energy.

Posted in Energy, Groups/Events, mini challenges | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Emergency Preparedness and the Long Emergency

Preparedness Discussion Group This group began in November 2012 after a few members watched the video Peak Prosperity and began talking about how to prepare for immediate emergencies and the “long emergency” of climate change. We aren’t showing the video … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Food/gardening, Groups/Events, mini challenges, Water | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Baby It’s Cold Out There – but warm in here!

Solar Hot Air Panels Doing Their Job I was initially uncertain about the value of buying solar hot air panels. The therms we were told the two panels would produce seemed like they would be too little to make a … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Tuesday, Nov 27, Take Action for the Climate

The Environmental Quality Board is holding public meetings across the state of Minnesota to gather input for the statewide Environmental Congress in March. Tuesday, November 27, is the only date of a meeting in the Twin Cities. It will be … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change/Science, Energy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment