PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - MN: Energy Policy

Meterologists say this winter's January temperatures were average for Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gives the state Commerce Department more than $100 million, distributed though social service providers such as Three Rivers

Eighteen neighbors compared notes and brainstormed policy suggestions during a citizen's jury meeting last March in Winona. (The Jefferson Center)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In three Minnesota counties, neighbors are using citizens' juries to compare notes and reach consensus on issues that have been divisive in other places. The nonprofit Jefferson Center is convening regular people – not experts or elected officials – to discuss c

The Climate Generation delegation poses with Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith before departing for the U.N. Climate Change conference in Bonn. (Climate Generation)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesotans are among 25,000 delegates from all over the world seeking global solutions to climate change. The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties, or COP 23, is meeting this week and next in Bonn, Germany, to compare progress on reducing carbon emissions.

In 2016, less than 40 percent of Minnesota's electric energy came from coal-fired plants. (Ferruccio Zanone/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota gets the number one spot in the Midwest in a new report from the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy. The state ranks ninth in the nation, up one place from last year. The council comes up with its rankings by comparing states' building codes, transp

Residents of a camp near Cloquet are vowing to stop Enbridge Energy from building a new oil pipeline across Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST, PAUL, Minn. - Hundreds of people opposed to Enbridge Energy's proposed pipeline across Minnesota are expected on Thursday at a rally at the State Capitol. The rally will be held at 4 p.m., between the only public hearings to take place in the Twin Cities. Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline has b

The MREW conference will teach gardeners how to attract pollinators, among other sustainable practices. (Nic McPhee/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The oldest renewable-energy fair in the country makes its Minnesota debut this weekend. The Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association will have music, food and local beer during three days of workshops and seminars featuring ways to think and act more sustainably.

A solar farm near Paynesville is one of the state's largest. (Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first subscribers are enrolling in Cooperative Energy Futures, a member-owned group that will access power from five new solar gardens in southern Minnesota. The co-op's mission is to make solar power accessible and affordable for people of all income levels. Brett Benson, o

Construction of Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 replacement pipeline has already won approval in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Alberta, Canada. (Premier of Alberta/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With high stakes and heated comments reminiscent of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline, supporters and critics of the new Enbridge pipeline through Northern Minnesota are ready to pounce on the final Environmental Impact Statement.

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