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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…

Start a Warm Breeze this Winter

We’re in the midst of a cold Minnesota winter and your furnace or boiler has been getting a lot of use. You probably haven’t been thinking about turning on a fan. However, all of you out there with a ceiling fan- turn it on. But, make sure its going the right way in the winter-…

Plan Ahead – Get LED Holiday Lights for Next Year Now

Many people love shopping after the holidays and picking up seasonal bargains.  If you like decorating your home with holiday lights, think about adding discounted LED holiday lights to your shopping list. LED lights use less energy than traditional light bulbs so you will use less electricity, which is good for your budget and for the environment. …

Minnesota Power rates will increase January 1

Minnesota Power customers should expect to see an increase in their electric rates starting the first of the year. This reflects an “interim” increase of 5.6% approved by the Public Utilities Commission today, the first step in Minnesota Power’s request for a larger “general” rate increase. As we’ve talked about on this blog, Minnesota Power has requested to…

Minnesota Power proposes 28% rate hike

Minnesota Power, which serves many people in northeastern and central Minnesota, is requesting rate increases that would result in an average 28% hike for its residential customers. The utility has two requests before the state regulatory body, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). On November 2, it requested a general rate increase, proposing to hike residential rates…