Are renewable standards driving up utility rates?

A rural co-op’s aggressive purchase of wind power contracts has helped fuel perceptions that Minnesota’s renewable energy standard is driving up electricity rates. But the real impact is difficult to calculate.Photo by ninjawil via Creative Commons

Cats gone wild

The Environmental Defense Fund has seized upon Minnesota Rep. Peggy Scott’s comment comparing the health effects from coal pollution to those from cat dander, and has asked its Facebook fans to post pictures of scary cats in response.

Explosions in the sky

Have you seen that neat video of electrical transformers exploding in Texas? Now imagine the reaction if it were wind turbines that were blowing up.

Break like the wind

In an investigation titled “Braking Wind,” a Twin Cities TV station uses the same audio to illustrate noise from wind turbines in different parts of the state.