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Consumer Spotlight: Training the next generation of energy workers

At our community events throughout Minnesota, CUB has been talking about how the energy system will be changing in the coming years.  We want to give energy customers an idea of how they may be impacted.   Another perspective to explore is how these changes will impact the people working in the energy system.  Will our…

Using electric heat this winter? Ask your utility about ways to save

We’ve mentioned in previous blogs that winter usually brings the highest energy bills of the year to Minnesota households.  For the households that heat their homes with electric heat, bills can be especially high, running in the hundreds of dollars each month. If your household has electric heat as a primary heating source, we encourage…

Xcel customers: Get ready for a rate increase in the New Year

Back in the fall of 2017, we informed you about a multi-year rate increase approved for Xcel Energy electricity customers.  The first, and largest, portion of rate increases went into effect on October 1, 2017, and now it’s time to get ready for another round. Effective January 1, 2019, Xcel customers will face an increase…

Water heater buying guide

Every household is different and that means there is not a one size fits all when it comes to water heating. There are many different options to choose from when you are in the market for a new water heater. Determining the best fit for your household is an important consideration that can maximize efficiency…

MN Solar Potential Analysis finds high renewable energy levels to be cost effective

Since last year, I’ve represented CUB on the Technical Committee for the Minnesota Solar Pathways initiative. The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a three-year project exploring strategies to meet Minnesota’s statutory goal of reaching 10 percent solar electricity by 2030. A Solar Potential Analysis, modeling potential costs of various renewable energy…

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