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Xcel Energy seeks 3-year rate increase totaling 15.2%

November 1, 2019

Minnesota Star Tribune

Mike Hughlett

The utility’s proposal, which will be scrutinized by regulators, would cost its electricity customers an average of about $110 more per year by 2020.

Xcel Energy wants Minnesotans to pay more for power.

The utility’s rates would climb 15.2% over three years under a plan submitted to state regulators Friday, raising $466 million for a host of projects, from strengthening its electricity grid to bolstering its nuclear plants and opening new wind farms.

The plan from Minneapolis-based Xcel, Minnesota’s largest power provider with about 1.3 million customers, would leave residential consumers paying an estimated $110 more per year for electricity by 2022 — a 10.6% increase. The biggest impact would come in 2020, the plan’s first year.

Xcel’s proposed hike “is more than I expected,” said Annie Levenson-Falk, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota, an advocacy group for residential ratepayers. Still, she said it’s “pretty early to make a blanket judgment.”

Big rate cases often take regulators 18 months or longer to resolve, and utilities often receive less than their request. Xcel has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for an interim rate increase of 4.1% for all customer classes — residential, commercial and industrial — that would take effect Jan. 1. Such interim increase requests are common, and the PUC usually grants them. Read more.

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