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Governor Dayton would sign Senate bill for new Xcel power plant

According to a statement issued today, Governor Dayton expects to sign HF 113/SF 85 as amended in the Senate last week. The bill allows Xcel Energy to build a new power plant in Becker, without going through the normal certificate of need review by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). CUB initially opposed the bill, and was able…

Provisions to help protect ratepayers added to Xcel’s power plant bill

As CUB supporters know, a bill at the legislature this year would allow Xcel Energy to build and own a new natural gas power plant, bypassing any of the usual regulatory review, and making Xcel customers foot the bill. CUB has won significant ratepayer protections in the version of the bill that will come before the…

Request a presentation – CUB is booking events for spring/summer

We love speaking with community groups about utility issues, and we do it at no charge. Providing free educational programs is one of primary missions. This is an interesting time for the energy sector and we want to help consumers sort through their choices. We can provide presentations on how to understand your utility bills,…

Consumer spending on electric service at record low

In November, the portion of American consumer spending that went to electric service reached an all-time low. “Electric service has never been cheaper for the American consumer than it was in November,” reports Public Utilities Fortnightly, the industry publication that performed the analysis. November’s electric service consumer spending totaled just 1.30% of all consumer expenditures…