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Bill would allow new Xcel natural gas plant in Becker

January 17, 2017 St. Cloud Times   A bill under consideration at the state Capitol would allow Xcel Energy to build a new natural gas power plant in Sherburne County to replace energy from the Sherco coal plant in Becker. But opponents say it would bypass the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which declined last year to…

Legislators propose bills to allow a new Xcel plant in Becker

January 12, 2017 / Minneapolis Star Tribune Utility regulators had put the decision on hold while asking for more study Bills have been introduced in the Legislature that would allow Xcel Energy to build a big power plant in Sherburne County, a project usually decided by Minnesota utility regulators, not written into state law. In…

Other view: ‘Wind is significantly cheaper’

November 19, 2016 / Duluth News Tribune “Wind is on the list (of factors driving Minnesota Power’s request to raise rates). But it’s not the biggest factor of the five factors that they have on that list. I would say driving their need for investment (is the utility’s) need (for) more generation, period. The comparison…

Who looks out for utility consumers in Minnesota?

October 21, 2016 / Minnesota Public Radio News Annie Levenson-Falk, the head of CUB (Citizens Utility Board) Minnesota, talked about how the board will focus on consumers’ utility bills in Minnesota and how to lower them or at least keep them from going up. Listen to the interview