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Could Minnesota suffer a Texas-size energy grid failure?

February18, 2021 Sahan Journal Andrew Hazzard The massive power outages in Texas from extreme cold are unlikely to occur in Minnesota, but parts of the state have been hit by rolling blackouts due to high demand on energy grids.  Controlled blackouts hit Moorhead this week, leaving residents without power for bouts lasting about 30 minutes,…

Group pushes for more solar and storage in Minnesota resource plan

February 18, 2021 PV Magazine William Driscoll Minnesota’s Xcel Energy could save consumers money by accelerating its plans to build 3.5 GW of utility-scale PV, and allowing for 2.6 GW of distributed solar and 1.3 GW of distributed storage, according to a resource plan developed by Vibrant Clean Energy (VCE) and filed with state regulators…

Empowering Minnesota’s energy consumers

December 10, 2020 Clean Energy Resource Teams Marie Donahue In November of 2020, Carmen Carruthers, Outreach Director at the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB), sat down virtually for a conversation with Marie Donahue, Sustainability Storyteller with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Carruthers shares how CUB uses advocacy and outreach to advance affordable and reliable utility service…

Shut off protections for Minnesota residential customers

Published October 28, 2020; Updated October 4, 2021 This heating season can bring more challenges to families who are already struggling to keep up with utility bills. Contrary to common belief, utilities can be shut off during the winter months. Fortunately, Minnesota law contains consumer protections, and some extra protections are in place during the…

Celebrating Energy Awareness Month

Published October 1, 2020 CUB is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. Celebrating Energy Awareness this time of year has become a CUB tradition. Last year we encouraged people to think about how electricity we use is generated. This year we want to focus on issues of…

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