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Local View Column: New developments present opportunities for energy efficiency, clean energy

Eric Enberg, Duluth News Tribune Summary On Aug. 26, by a 7-0 vote, the Duluth City Council chose to move forward with the possible developments of housing on 10 acres at Enger Park Golf Course and 50 acres at the Lester Park Golf Course. These projects would be a great opportunity to create...


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Governor hails Duluth's health care investments

Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune Summary Gov. Tim Walz visited Duluth Monday to reflect on the recent legislative session and highlight the transformative power of the state’s pending investment of nearly $98 million to support the expansion of the city’s downtown medical district. Duluth...


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Downtown St. Paul utility District Energy goes coal-free

Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press Summary District Energy St. Paul, the utility that heats 500 commercial buildings and single-family homes in and around downtown, held an unusual retirement party on Friday. Without a glimmer of nostalgia, CEO Ken Smith gathered with workers and executives to bid...


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New Ulm's 'Underground City'

Elroy Ulb, The Journal Summary New Ulm’s ‘underground city’/tunnels were commonly known as the ‘steam tunnels’ because the steam lines were placed inside the existing tunnels under the sidewalks of Minnesota Street. The tunnels, however, were not built for the steam lines. The tunnels were...


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Climate Smart: Cities Working Together

Summary Five pairs of cities in Germany and Minnesota are collaborating to develop efficient and sustainable responses to the challenges of climate change. Produced with the UMN Institute on the Environment. Featured Member: Ever-Green Energy "Ever-Green Energy is proud to be one of founders...


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Energy Agreement Fuses Three Downtown Projects

Baihly Warfield, WDIO-TV Eyewitness News Summary DULUTH, Minn. - An agreement between the City of Duluth, Duluth Energy Systems and Essentia Health ties together three major downtown projects: the steam plant conversion, Superior Street reconstruction and Essentia expansion. As the hospital...


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Greener, more-powerful co-generation energy plant at University of Minnesota is proxy for a more-efficient, job-producing economy

Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune Summary The born-again, century-old “Old Main Heating Plant” on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota is a proxy for a greener Minnesota’s economy. That’s a job-producing, smog-reducing trend that also combats climate change that’s warming the...


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How an Ambitious Minnesota Eco-Project Became a Density Battleground

Jay Walljasper, City Lab Before it closed in 2011, Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant churned out millions of vehicles. It's now set to become a "net-zero" mixed-use development. Cory Ryan/Getty Images Summary Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota opened in 1925 to...


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Saint Paul is on the Cutting Edge of Decarbonization

Jeff Harder, USGBC Summary O nce upon a time, coal was king in Saint Paul, Minnesota, creating steam that traveled through a network of underground pipes and tunnels to illuminate and heat downtown. The underlying infrastructure, known as a district energy system, had been around for a...


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What the Conclusion of the Legislative Session Means for Duluth

Haydee Clotter, Fox21 Online Summary The Minnesota Legislative Session ended late last night and Gov. Dayton is already threatening to veto some spending packages over the next couple weeks. Duluth city leaders have mixed feelings about the session. There were major projects ultimately...