Minnesota Capitol

Bill would grant blank check to Xcel for nuclear spending, profits

Thursday, a bill will be heard that would effectively grant a blank check to Xcel Energy for spending on its two nuclear facilities, the Prairie Island and Monticello power plants — plus guaranteed profits for Xcel shareholders. The bill (HF 3708 / SF 3504) bypasses the cost controls and checks on spending that exist to protect consumers…

Welcome CUB’s newest board members

Please help us welcome CUB’s newest board members! We are grateful to Beverly and Thom for their commitment and very excited to have their leadership and experience as a part of CUB’s team.   Beverly Jones Heydinger served as Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton, from July 2012 to January…

The connection between water and energy

March 22 is World Water Day. Its less well known than Earth Day, but very appropriate for Minnesota.  Minnesotans love water in all its forms- in lakes, rivers, wetlands or as snow! We are surrounded by it and lucky to have it in abundance, especially compared to other parts of the U.S. and the world….

Demand response is beneficial for customers

Were you aware that a significant portion of your energy costs come from the handful of hours each year that customers use the most energy? Everyone expects their lights to come on without fail no matter what time of day it is. This means utilities must build and maintain expensive power plants with the sole…