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Hiring: Outreach and Communications Coordinator or Manager

Published April 25, 2023 About the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB) is a nonprofit advocate for our state’s utility consumers. We advocate for affordable utility service, consumer protections, and clean energy.  CUB aims to be a voice for Minnesotans at the state Public Utilities Commission and the legislature….

Spring energy savings

Published April 21, 2023 Spring provides unique opportunities to save on your energy bills as the weather starts to change. Of course, spring in Minnesota is often unpredictable: one day you’ll have the heat on; the next day, the windows are open. Here are some tips to manage your energy use, bills, and comfort during…

Home electrification options being promoted to metro residents

Published February 27, 2023 Four Twin Cities metro communities—Edina, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and St. Louis Park—have created an initiative to give guidance to residents on how to use more clean energy in their home. The initiative is called Electrify Everything MN. The cities hope that increasing interest in electrification will help reduce community emissions and…

Hiring: Paid part-time outreach intern for Summer/Fall 2023

Published February 13, 2023 Job description CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our outreach program. The intern will support CUB’s outreach events and help people understand their electric and gas bills, how to reduce energy waste and save money, their options for renewable energy, and potential steps for home decarbonization/electrification.  This is a…

A guide to the Minnesota DFL’s 100% carbon-free standard

January 27, 2023 MinnPost Walker Orenstein The DFL bill that would steer utilities toward a carbon-free electric grid is simple in concept: All electric utilities in the state would be asked to use 100% emissions-free energy by 2040. But the proposal — which Democrats have advanced through the Legislature at lightspeed in January — is really…

Xcel drops request to raise electric rates next year

December 7, 2022 MPR News Kirsti Marohn Xcel Energy has dropped a controversial request for a $122 million electric rate increase next year. Minnesota’s largest electric utility, which serves 1.3 million customers in Minnesota, requested to raise rates about 21 percent over three years.  Last year, the state Public Utilities Commission granted Xcel an interim…

CenterPoint, Xcel challenge decision forcing them to pay more of historic winter storm’s costs

November 9, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Minnesota’s two largest gas utilities are challenging a state ruling prohibiting them from together charging consumers $55 million for costs incurred during a 2021 winter storm. CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy on Tuesday asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to “reconsider” its August decision, which faulted the two utilities…

Utility affordability programs can keep energy bills affordable

Published November 1, 2022 Minnesota households are bracing for higher heating costs this winter. Many households that qualify for Energy Assistance can receive additional discounts on their electric and/or gas service through their utility. Each utility’s program is a little different, but most of these programs cap participants’ bills at 2-4% of the households’ income…

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