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Public hearings being held on Rochester-area pipeline proposal

On November 9, let state regulators know what you think of a plan to build a new natural gas pipeline to supply the Rochester area. The state Public Utilities Commission will hold public hearings on the proposed new pipeline. The hearings are your chance to tell regulators what you think. Any member of the public…

Regulators okay Xcel’s plan to close coal plants, accelerate shift to clean energy

The state Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved Xcel Energy’s 15-year Integrated Resource Plan, including its plan to retire two of the three coal-fired generating units at the Sherco plant in Becker. The commission didn’t yet approve Xcel’s proposal to replace this coal generation with a natural gas generator. Instead, it directed Xcel to look more…

CUB Illinois helps dad cut his electric bill in half

Here’s a story from our partners at the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois. This is the kind of service we are now providing here in Minnesota, and many similar utility programs exist here for us to take advantage of. If you have a question or concern about your bills or your service, we’re happy to…

Minnesota Power wins approval to cut industrial rates by 5%

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission permitted Minnesota Power to offer 11 of its industrial customers a break of about 5% off their electric rates. In a 3-2 decision, Commissioners agreed with the utility and the state Department of Commerce that the break would have a net benefit to the utility. The Commission delayed a…