Author Archives: Joseph Pereira

Minnesota Power Electricity Rate Increase

Published November 18, 2019 Minnesota Power has submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) for the authority to increase rates for its electric service customers. In its request, Minnesota Power has asked the Commission to allow the utility to increase rates and service charges to cover proposed additional revenues of…

Xcel Energy Proposes Electricity Rate Increase

Published November 18, 2019 Xcel Energy has submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) for the authority to increase rates for its electric service customers. In its request, Xcel has asked the Commission to allow the utility to increase rates and service charges to cover proposed additional revenues of $466…

Dakota Electric Association Proposes Electricity Rate Increase

Published November 1, 2019 Dakota Electric Association, serving parts of Scott, Dakota, Rice, and Goodhue counties, has submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) for the authority to increase rates for its electric service customers. In its request, Dakota has asked the Commission to allow the utility to increase rates…

Improvements coming to Minnesota Power’s CARE affordability program

Published October 1, 2019 Minnesota Power has received approval to overhaul its Customer Affordability Residential Electricity (CARE) Program. The CARE program helps reduce the cost of electricity for Minnesota Power’s low-income customers.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given Minnesota Power the go-ahead to implement significant program reforms. Minnesota Power worked diligently with stakeholders for…

Keeping our eye on Integrated Resource Planning

September 6, 2019 It’s been two months since Xcel Energy submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Over the last 60 days, CUB and several other parties have had a chance to give the plan a good once (twice, three times) over. The plan brings to light, once again, the…

Xcel Energy rolling out two new electric vehicle pilots

Published July 9, 2019 In the coming weeks, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is expected to release its Order approving two of several electric vehicle pilot programs from Xcel Energy.  As many of you know, electric vehicle (EV) adoption is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.  These two pilots take on several challenges…

The Public Utilities Commission? What is that?

Recently, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been in the news a lot.  Articles about the Commission (as the PUC is often referred) have graced local headlines across the state.  The Commission’s recent decisions on the Enbridge pipeline, Minnesota Power’s proposal to construct a new generation facility, and Governor-elect Walz’s opportunity to appoint a new…