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CUB working toward Senate bill to advance clean energy, protect consumers

January 16, 2020 Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate energy committee met in Rochester to discuss a new draft of the Clean Energy First bill, carried by Senator David Senjem. As the name suggests, the bill would require utilities to use clean sources of electricity unless they demonstrate that to do so would increase costs of make…

CUB’s 2019 Year in Review: Protecting Consumers, Advancing Clean Energy

As I reflect on a busy year in Minnesota energy, I’m proud of what CUB has done to advance affordable, clean energy and consumer protections for Minnesotans. Here’s a look back on what we achieved last year and a glimpse at the work ahead. In 2019, CUB: Blocked a bill that would have shifted $467…

CenterPoint Energy rates will increase January 1

CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas rates will increase by 5.8% beginning on January 1, 2020. This reflects an interim rate increase approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) earlier this month. CenterPoint has requested permission to increase its rates on a permanent basis by an average of 6.8% across all customer types. The final rate increase…

Minnesota Power rates will increase January 1

Minnesota Power electricity rates will increase by 5.8% beginning on January 1, 2020. This reflects an interim rate increase approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) earlier this month, and is lower than the interim increase of 7.7% that Minnesota Power had requested. Minnesota Power (MP) has requested permission to increase its rates on a…

Xcel withdraws general rate increase request, customers will see smaller increase in 2020

In November, Xcel requested permission to raise rates an average of 15.2% over three years. However, the utility agreed to withdraw its rate increase request last week. Instead, the Public Utilities Commission approved smaller increases to “true up” financial projections. Writing for the Star Tribune, Mike Hughlett reports: Xcel said that costs to ratepayers in…

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