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Regulators approve Xcel rate increase

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a plan under which Xcel residential electricity rates will increase by 10.6 percent over four years. Customers are already paying much of the increase, in a 5.5 percent interim rate increase that went into place in 2016. This is the first multi-year rate plan that regulators have approved…

Analysis: Minnesota energy bill would harm consumers

This week, the Minnesota House and Senate released the latest draft of its package of energy funding and policy bills. The bill would harm Minnesota utility consumers, and CUB urges a “no” vote. The energy package is contained in the broader Jobs omnibus bill (SF 1937). The energy provisions would: Hurt jobs, residential and small business customers, and…

More consideration needed of bill to reduce regulation of new power generation

A bill before the state Senate Energy and Utilities Committee today would eliminate a step in the regulatory process for constructing new large renewable energy facilities. While there may be ways to streamline regulation without weakening consumer protections, we must fully consider the consequences of a possibly significant change to the way Minnesota handles new energy production. For…

Governor Dayton would sign Senate bill for new Xcel power plant

According to a statement issued today, Governor Dayton expects to sign HF 113/SF 85 as amended in the Senate last week. The bill allows Xcel Energy to build a new power plant in Becker, without going through the normal certificate of need review by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). CUB initially opposed the bill, and was able…

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…