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Apply Now for Energy Assistance and Weatherization

Energy Assistance Are you struggling to keep up with your energy bills? Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines can apply for energy assistance. Energy assistance is a grant that is paid directly to your energy providers to help cover your heating and electricity bills. Energy Assistance Programs are organized by county or Native American…

Before $350 million charge, make sure power plant is the best choice for customers

Minnesota Power recently proposed to build and own a new natural gas power plant. CUB will be watching closely as the proposal goes through regulatory review to make sure that this investment would be a good deal for consumers. Minnesota’s public utilities are monopoly companies whose investors earn a rate of return on projects like…

Residential Solar Options in Minnesota

Solar power is heating up in Minnesota.  While many people think of Minnesota as a cold and snowy state, Minnesota ranks 16th in the nation for solar energy output.  Increased renewable energy developments are giving Minnesota consumers new efficient and cost-effective energy options. This blog seeks to help the average residential consumer navigate the world…

CenterPoint Energy rates will increase October 1

CenterPoint Energy customers will see an increase of 5.4% on their natural gas rates starting next month. This reflects an “interim” rate increase approved by the Public Utilities Commission earlier this month. CenterPoint has requested permission to increase its rates on a permanent basis by an average of 6.4%, or $56.5 million per year. It…

Easy Fall Energy Saving Tips

With the passing of Labor Day, our summer is unofficially over. As you get ready for the inevitable cooler weather ahead, here are a few easy tips to try to keep your home running efficiently and your energy bills as low as possible. Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at…