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Energy Awareness Month

Published October 1, 2021 It’s that time of the year again, Energy Awareness Month. CUB has been waiting all year to celebrate! Last year we encouraged people to think about issues of access and equity when it comes to energy. This year we want to focus on the importance of weatherization and its long-term benefits…

Disconnection Notice

All utilities able to resume shutoffs

Published August 17, 2021 During the earlier stages of the pandemic, some utilities were prohibited from disconnecting consumers. As of August 2, all of Minnesota’s utilities are allowed to resume disconnections for past-due bills. If you are behind on your bills, here’s what you need to know. Call your utility and ask to arrange a…

Minnesota Power moving to rates that vary by time of day

July 15, 2021 Star Tribune Brooks Johnson DULUTH – Minnesota Power is poised to be the first utility in the state to fully switch to “time of day” electricity rates for residential customers, meaning power is more expensive during certain hours and discounted when it is more readily available. The move is prompted by an…

Welcome Brandon Crawford, CUB’s new summer legal intern

Published June 3, 2021 Brandon joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in June 2021 as a summer legal intern. He will be conducting legal research and writing to support CUB’s participation in Public Utilities Commission dockets and to help us better understand and share information on emerging energy-related legislation. Brandon is a third-year student at the…

Minnesota’s new ECO Act will help ease the burdens of energy costs on low-income families, including many people of color

May 28, 2021 Sahan Journal Andrew Hazzard A rare bipartisan bill aims to help Minnesota lower emissions while offering significant savings for low-income families, including many people of color.  Governor Tim Walz signed the Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act into law May 25. The bill modernizes the state’s Conservation Improvement Program, a long-term energy-…

2021 MN Legislature: ECO Act passes thanks to hard work, collaboration

May 20, 2021 Center for Energy and Environment Mike Bull Minnesota’s regular legislative session ended on May 18 with the biggest clean energy win since 2013, strengthening our most successful energy policy in state history. After six years of hard work and deep bipartisan collaboration, the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act (known as “ECO”) was…

Minnesota legislators agree on first major energy bill in years

May 18, 2021 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett The Minnesota House and Senate agreed this week on expanding the state’s energy conservation program, the most significant energy legislation in recent years. The Energy Conservation and Optimization Act should increase spending by utilities on conservation programs, particularly to low-income households. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to sign…

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