Author Archives: Hannah Hoeger

CenterPoint should share burden of winter storm price spike

June 15, 2022 Star Tribune Lisa Goodman Have you noticed that your CenterPoint gas bill is up this year? You’re not alone. In addition to CenterPoint’s rate hike, some of those higher costs are from a five-day period in February 2021 when wholesale fuel prices spiked 4,000%. If the utility prevails, customers will be paying…

How to decipher your electric bill in Minnesota

June 19, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Utility bills can be confusing. Here’s a breakdown of what all the lines on a typical bill mean and what your bill funds. The electricity-sucking summer air-conditioning season is upon us, just as energy costs are soaring. With that in mind, consumers might be scrutinizing their electricity bills….

Welcome Akia Vang, CUB’s new outreach intern

Published June 1, 2022 Akia recently finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management. He will be returning to back to campus this fall as an incoming student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program. He most recently was a…

Centerpoint Energy earnings report reveals $1.3 billion gain from deal with Texas company that benefited from 2021 gas price spike

Published June 1, 2022 Earlier this year, CUB released a white paper outlining concerns we had about a merger involving CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (the Texas-based parent company of Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility) and another Texas-based gas company, Energy Transfer. CenterPoint’s earnings reports have now revealed that, as a result of the merger, CenterPoint Energy,…

Welcome Austin Northagen, CUB’s new legal intern

Published May 24, 2022 Austin joined the Citizens Utility Board in May 2022 as a legal intern. He will be conducting legal research and writing to support CUB’s participation in Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Dockets and in ongoing rate cases.  Austin is a rising 3L at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where…

CenterPoint boosts CEO pay to $37.8 million, blowing past other utilities

April 19, 2022 Energy and Policy Institute Karlee Weinmann CenterPoint Energy paid its CEO a total of $37.8 million last year, far exceeding executive pay at peer companies while it sought massive rate hikes for customers already struggling to keep up with skyrocketing utility bills. A review of executive compensation at large U.S. utilities places David Lesar’s…