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In comments made to state regulator, the Department of Commerce and Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison had vastly different suggestions for the Duluth-based utility's transition away from coal.
From the column: "It’s still going big on fossil fuels with its proposed gas plant, the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, and doesn't go far enough or fast enough to address environmental, racial, and economic justice. Minnesotans and the Northland deserve better."
There is almost no mention of distributed solar in Minnesota Power’s 15-year Integrated Resource Plan, which is now before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for review.
The Annapolis-based company develops, finances and sells solar projects.

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The company reported its 2021 financial results Wednesday.
Bob Adams started at the company in 1987.
The 7.11% increase will take effect in January.
From the editorial: "Responsibly frugal electricity use isn’t the primary reason Minnesota Power is seeking to charge its residential customers nearly 18% more. The bigger reason is the high and ongoing cost of our region’s and nation’s transition to cleaner energy."
It is still seeking a nearly 18% rate increase across all customers.
The Minnesota Power parent company saw lower profits this year compared to last.

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A smaller temporary rate hike could take effect as soon as Jan. 1. The company said it's necessary to fund its move to more clean energy.
The move allows cabin and homeowners currently leasing their land from the utility to buy the property.
North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will become a 30% owner in the Nemadji Trail Energy Center. Allete will have a 20% ownership stake in the power plant planned for Superior, Wisconsin, while Dairyland Power Cooperative will remain a 50% owner of the facility.

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