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Enviros, States Question Coal Self-commitment

RTO Insider, December 3, 2019 Tom Leckner SAN ANTONIO — Two environmental groups that say regulated utilities’ practice of self-committing coal plants is costing ratepayers have a point, RTO officials said Monday, even as they challenged the groups’ estimates.  The issue is also attracting scrutiny from state regulators. The Sierra Club released a study last month…

Non-profit study sees ‘self-committed coal’ distorting MISO market signals

S&P Global, November 20, 2019 Maya Weber San Antonio — If all generation were dispatched economically in Midcontinent Independent System Operator, average wholesale power prices would rise 3%, but production costs would drop 11%, lowering consumer costs, according to a preliminary analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists presented Tuesday. The group, along with the Sierra…

Climate column: Citizens’ Utility Board comes to Two Harbors

Virtually every utility today has goals to move to renewables Lake County News Chronicle, November 16, 2019 Katya Gordan As the cost of wind and solar power drops, and as technology races to capture renewable energies to provide the same (or better) reliability than coal, oil and gas, renewable energy appears to be a clear…

Minnesota’s days of cheaper electricity seem numbered

Utility rate increases are poised to push Minnesota past the national average.  Star Tribune, November 16, 2019 Mike Hughlett Hefty rate hikes that Minnesota’s largest utilities are seeking could push the state’s electricity prices above the national average for the first time in years. Residential prices in Minnesota have been more expensive than for the…

Citizens Utility Board recommends these tips for saving energy this winter

November 8, 2019 Mankato KEYC Holly Bernstein MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Citizens Utility Board is recommending several tips for saving energy this winter. They recommend adjusting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you are awake and turning it down about 10 degrees while you are away or asleep. They also suggest opening the blinds…

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