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Minnesota utility regulators getting pushback on economic stimulus initiative

November, 8 2020 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Minnesota utility regulators made an unusual call this spring. They asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to pitch investments that could help jump-start the state’s economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Xcel Energy responded with a multibillion-dollar plan that it said could create…

Xcel’s Minnesota customers will pay more next year — the question is how much

November 2, 2020 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Xcel Energy has filed for an electricity rate increase of $597 million, or 20% over three years, with most of it hitting pocketbooks next year. But the Minneapolis-based utility — by far the state’s largest electricity provider with 1.3 million customers — also said the increase may not be…

Minnesota regulators consider who should have access to smart meter data

August 3, 2020 Energy News Network Frank Jossi A proposal from the state’s Citizens Utility Board wants to make anonymous data open to third-party researchers.   As utilities begin to collect more data from smart meters, regulators are facing questions about who should have access to the potential treasure trove. Minnesota regulators took a first step…

Utility efficiency programs offer model to merge climate, racial justice solutions

July 2, 2020 Energy News Network Kari Lydersen Many states require utilities to help low-income customers conserve energy despite higher costs and barriers. As urgency grows to simultaneously address climate change and racial justice through proposals like the Green New Deal, low-income energy efficiency programs provide a potential example of how to merge the priorities. …

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