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CUB recommends that the PUC and utilities combat inequities in “Economic Recovery” docket

Published October 28, 2020 In May of this year, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) opened a new docket (the “Economic Recovery” docket) with the goal of better understanding how regulated utilities can “assist in Minnesota’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” To that end, the PUC required all of Minnesota’s regulated gas and electric…

Minnesota Power requests additional extension of its EITE discount

Published October 7, 2020 In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law designed to allow certain energy-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industrial entities to lower their energy costs. The law permits Minnesota Power and Otter Tail Power – electric companies serving parts of northern, central, and western Minnesota – to propose rate discounts to EITE customers operating within…

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Some utilities resume shutoffs as COVID-19 emergency continues

Published October 5, 2020 A moratorium on utility disconnections remains in place for Minnesota’s regulated utilities, but some unregulated cooperative and municipal utilities have again begun shutting off customers who have past-due bills. CUB has received anecdotal reports of shutoffs by more than two dozen cooperative and municipal utilities located across Minnesota. It is difficult…

Celebrating Energy Awareness Month

Published October 1, 2020 CUB is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. Celebrating Energy Awareness this time of year has become a CUB tradition. Last year we encouraged people to think about how electricity we use is generated. This year we want to focus on issues of…

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