Published September 29, 2022 There’s nothing quite like fall in Minnesota. The fall colors and cooler temperatures make it perfect for enjoying the weather outside and inside our homes. When it comes to energy use, early fall and late spring are typically our lowest energy use months because we don’t have to heat or cool…
It’s Energy Awareness Month – Let’s talk about energy
Published September 27, 2022 Fall is here, and so is Energy Awareness Month. During October, we invite all Minnesotans to observe Energy Awareness Month by taking a closer look at their relationship with energy. Whether you’re turning on the heat, charging your phone, or cooking a meal, energy plays a major role in our lives….
Welcome Brandon Crawford, CUB’s new regulatory advocate
Brandon joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in June 2021 as a summer legal intern and has since joined CUB full-time as a Policy and Regulatory Advocate. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in May 2022 with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Law. While in law school, Brandon helped draft…
Public hearings scheduled for Xcel Energy’s electric rate case
Updated September 29, 2022 (Additional public hearings added); Published August 17, 2022 Last year, Xcel Energy filed a request to increase electric rates by more than 20 percent. If you are an Xcel customer, you are already seeing a 6.4 percent interim rate increase on your bills, which is in effect as the Public Utilities…
Utilities may not charge Minnesotans for entire cost of 2021 winter storm, regulators say
August 11, 2022 Minnesota Reformer Max Nesterak The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided Thursday that three of the state’s largest gas utilities may not charge customers for the entire cost of gas during the 2021 winter storm that sent prices surging and froze critical gas infrastructure in Texas and Oklahoma.
Minnesota consumers will pay $600M in extra costs from February 2021 storm
August 11, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Minnesota utility regulators Thursday faulted the state’s gas providers for their response to a February 2021 storm, prohibiting them from passing down nearly $60 million in costs to consumers.
Minnesota regulators hear final arguments from utilities on February 2021 storm costs
August 4, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett The Public Utilities Commission will make a final decision next week on whether the utilities can pass $660 million in costs to ratepayers. Read more.
CenterPoint’s CEO rings up big payday; shareholders, Minnesota customers have reservations
Star Tribune July 23, 2022 Mike Hughlett and Patrick Kennedy CenterPoint CEO David Lesar took home one of the biggest paydays in the utility industry last year: $37.8 million. Read more.
Commerce: Cut electric rate hike by 55 percent
July 20, 2022 The Timberjay Marshall Helmberger REGIONAL— Financial analysts with the state’s Department of Commerce (DOC) are recommending a sharp reduction in Minnesota Power’s request for higher electrical rates for its customers in northeastern Minnesota. Read more.
Tips and safety during power outages
Published July 12, 2022 Summer and winter can both bring unpredictable weather, and Minnesota has its fair share of sudden thunderstorms, snowstorms, and high winds that can damage electrical lines. Power outages can be stressful, uncomfortable, and even dangerous. Here are some tips to prepare for and safely navigate power outages. If you or someone…