November 27, 2021

Category: Environment

Xcel Energy’s Ben Fowke on Leading Through Covid-19, Racial Unrest & Other Challenges in 2020
COVID-19 leadership, Cybersecurity, Environment, Leadership, Technology, Utilities

Xcel Energy’s Ben Fowke on Leading Through Covid-19, Racial Unrest & Other Challenges in 2020

During this episode of One Take CEO Interviews sponsored by Platinum Group, Chairman and CEO Ben Fowke talks about a wide range of issues including how Xcel Energy is investing so much in carbon-free energy production while keeping rates comparable or lower than its peers. With about half of his workforce working remotely, Fowke shares […]

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Is Your Business Pivoting?
Agribusiness, Aviation, Banking and Finance, Brewing, Business Ethics, Commercial Real Estate, Communication, Corporate Governance, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurism, Environment, Family Business, Food, Health Care, Investing, Jobs, Leadership, Manufacturing, Medtech/Biotech, Mining, Oil and Gas, Residential real estate, Restaurants, Retail, Technology, Transportation, Travel

Is Your Business Pivoting?

During extremely challenging times and setbacks, successful businesses often find ways to pivot toward new opportunities, focusing more on what’s possible rather than what didn’t work. During the COVID-19 economic slowdown, if you’ve found a way to pivot, let us know and we’ll share it on this site and elsewhere as we talk with others […]

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Polymet Co-Owner Cuts Copper Output
Economy, Environment, Mining

Polymet Co-Owner Cuts Copper Output

PolyMet Mining Corp., the company out to start what is expected to become a wave of copper, nickel and other precious mineral mining operations in northern Minnesota, is facing new pressures beyond environmentalists who get most of the news attention in the state. Copper prices remain low as worldwide production continues to outpace demand. Prices […]

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Environment, Oil and Gas, Technology

From Synthetic Oil to Worldwide Wind Generation: Amsoil Links With Chinese

Superior, Wisconsin’s most significant corporation, synthetic-oil producer Amsoil, sealed a deal Jan. 18 with three major Chinese companies to serve wind generation markets worldwide. Amsoil plans to work with Chinese firms Envision, NGC and CLCP. In order, the partners are a turbine maker, a gear-box manufacturer and a service-and-maintenance enterprise, according to the Duluth News […]

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Sunny, 2:30 p.m… -38 Windchill & Falling
Economy, Environment, Weather

Sunny, 2:30 p.m… -38 Windchill & Falling

Excelsior, Minn., is experiencing wind gusts of more than 30 miles per hour shooting from the north across a frozen Lake Minnetonka. Still temperature is expected to drop to between -27 and -31 degrees tonight, with windchill temperatures possibly exceeding -60 degrees. Within the last 20 minutes the windchill has dropped to -41, according to […]

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Ecolab Chair and CEO on Navigating  Turbulent Times & Digitalization
Agribusiness, Artificial Intelligence, Corporate Governance, Economy, Entrepreneurism, Environment, Food, Jobs, Leadership, Manufacturing, Mining, Oil and Gas, Startups, Technology, Utilities

Ecolab Chair and CEO on Navigating Turbulent Times & Digitalization

Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker Jr. spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs during the 2018 Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Desert, CA, this morning.  Doug answered questions asked by EY’s U.S. Chair and Managing Partner Kelly Grier. Here are excerpts: Kelly: [Regarding dealing with a transforming, […]

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Hemp Production in Minnesota?
Agribusiness, Economy, Entrepreneurism, Environment, Hemp

Hemp Production in Minnesota?

Efforts on this pipe dream have been underway in Minnesota since the late 1990s, when my previous publication, Profits Journal’s, writer Dave Price wrote about it. The story hasn’t changed much in 20 years. As usual, MinnPost has this week’s best business/society story in Minnesota with its examination of what’s happening on the hemp front today. […]

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Natural Gas Plant Misunderstood
Environment, Oil and Gas, Utilities

Natural Gas Plant Misunderstood

Duluth-based Minnesota Power yesterday received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to proceed with a joint-venture to build a $700 million natural gas-fired power plant in neighboring Superior, Wis. Critics contend this is a step backwards, and they can only say this if they have not thoroughly studied the reasons behind this move. […]

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Banking and Finance, Economy, Entrepreneurism, Environment, Technology

Solar Gardens Nab $11 Million Financing

During solar energy’s brief history, banks have for the most part refused to back solar operators because of their heavy reliance on taxpayer-backed funding. A different legislative body could quickly reduce or eliminate funding. That’s why it’s significant to note that Solar garden operator SunShare has secured $11 million in construction financing to pay for its […]

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