Author Archives: Hannah Hoeger

Watchdogs: Natural Gas Customers in MN Not Getting Fair Shake

July 11, 2022 Public News Service Mike Moen In the near future, Minnesota regulators will decide whether companies such as CenterPoint Energy can keep customer surcharges in place related to a 2021 winter storm. Watchdogs worry utilities are leaning too much on ratepayers for higher natural-gas prices. In February of 2021, Winter Storm Uri sent…

Beat the summer heat with energy savings

Published June 27, 2022 Minnesota summers are hot, humid, and sometimes unbearable. Households might find themselves struggling to keep cool and balance high energy bills. For those concerned about their energy bills, it’s more important than ever to work to manage your usage while staying comfortable. We’ve provided some tips to help you manage your…

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,…

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