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Make your voice heard on proposed Minnesota Power rate increase

If you follow this blog, you know that Minnesota Power has proposed two rate increases for its electric customers. Here’s an update. Warning: This blog is going to get long. It will cover: Summary of potential rate increases You may be exempt from the EITE rate increase Tell the PUC what you think — written…

Seeking part-time summer intern — paid position

We’re hiring! CUB is seeking an intern for a paid, 20-hour-per-week position this summer. This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in energy policy, consumer advocacy, and helping the public save money and reduce emissions. Full details and instructions to apply are available here. Applications are due May 1.  

Home insulation can be a year-round money saver

Today’s energy saving tip comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Proper home insulation is not only a good way to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also save you money on your energy bills year round. To reduce costly energy waste, especially in older homes, the Minnesota Commerce…

Bill could raise rates on families and small businesses

A bill being heard today in the Senate energy and utilities committee would result in longer and more expensive utility regulatory processes, and would raise energy rates on residential and small business customers. SF 1177/HF 1309 would require economic growth and job retention and growth be considered during the utility ratemaking process. These priorities, of course,…

Bill hike could be coming for Minnesota Power customers

Minnesota Power customers could soon be paying about 6.7% more on their electric bills under a proposal approved yesterday by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The money would be used to reduce electric costs for 11 industrial customers by 5%. This industrial subsidy, and the associated charge for other customers, is possible under a law passed in 2015 for “energy-intensive,…