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Demand response is beneficial for customers

Were you aware that a significant portion of your energy costs come from the handful of hours each year that customers use the most energy? Everyone expects their lights to come on without fail no matter what time of day it is. This means utilities must build and maintain expensive power plants with the sole…

Analysis for industry, energy groups concludes MN Power proposed gas plant not needed

Last fall, Minnesota Power proposed to own half of a new 250 MW gas power plant in Superior, Wisconsin. Because the plant would cost Minnesota Power ratepayers approximately $350 million, it needs approval from the Public Utilities Commission to move forward. Experts have now submitted their initial testimony in the public review of the plant, and…

Update from CUB: Saving Money, Reducing Emissions and Defending Consumers

The new year has just started, and CUB has been busy. You can see our public events on our website, but there’s a lot more going on beyond what’s posted. We do quite a few a privately scheduled outreach events and are very active in various policy discussions in the state. Here’s a little insight…

Input requested: take the MN Solar Pathways survey

For the past year, CUB’s executive director, Annie Levenson-Falk, has served on the technical committee of the MN Solar Pathways project. This State of Minnesota initiative is evaluating strategies to achieve state’s goal of 10% solar energy by 2030, which will mean increasing the state’s solar generating capacity by as much as 24 times. Over…