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Minnesota Legislature: Report from the end of session

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its work at about 11:50 p.m. last Sunday before a 12:00 deadline. While the session was marked by a lack of progress in many areas, it concluded favorably on a number of issues affecting energy consumers. Here’s a report on the outcome of CUB’s legislative priorities this year, as well…

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Update from the Minnesota Legislature

We’re just about at the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, and CUB has been busy at the Capitol. Here’s an update on some of the issues that could affect energy consumers this year.   Xcel nuclear plant spending A bill carried by Representative O’Neill and Senator Mathews would allow Xcel to more easily…

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Bill would grant blank check to Xcel for nuclear spending, profits

Thursday On March 27,* a bill will be heard that would effectively grant a blank check to Xcel Energy for spending on its two nuclear facilities, the Prairie Island and Monticello power plants — plus guaranteed profits for Xcel shareholders. The bill (HF 3708 / SF 3504) bypasses the cost controls and checks on spending that exist…

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…