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Welcome Nick Heid to CUB’s team

Published May 20, 2024 CUB is excited to welcome Nick Heid to our team. Nick joins Citizens Utility Board as an Outreach and Communications Intern. Prior to joining CUB, he was a teacher in the west metro and graduated from University of Minnesota with his Masters in Education in 2020. He has experience in youth leadership,…

CUB fights Xcel’s attempts to raise natural gas rates 

Published April 23, 2024 In November 2023, Xcel filed a natural gas rate case in Minnesota, seeking to raise gas revenues by approximately $59 million, or 9.6 percent. If approved, this most recent request would cause residential customers’ gas bills to increase by $6.93 monthly, or $83.16 annually. A portion of this increase has already…

Spring Savings: Tips to keep your energy bills low

Published April 15, 2024 After a very mild Minnesota winter, temperatures have begun to rise and the trees are turning green again. Like autumn, Minnesota spring usually correlates to reduced energy bills, as mild temperatures result in reduced heating and cooling usage. However, there are still plenty of strategies to keep your energy usage low…

CUB continues to push for Access to Utility Data 

Published March 14, 2024 In August 2019, CUB filed a petition with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt Open Data Access Standards. The Standards would allow certain third parties to access customer energy use data that is aggregated or anonymized to protect customers’ privacy. As we have previously written, this data is instrumental for…

Hiring: Paid Outreach & Communications Intern

Published March 5, 2024 About the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB) is the independent advocate for Minnesota utility consumers. CUB works at the Public Utilities Commission, the state legislature, and with Minnesotans around the state to help consumers understand their energy bills and options and to ensure utility…

Utility efficiency rebates for households increase in 2024

Published February 29, 2024 Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session resulted in several fundamental changes to energy policy. It is now a state goal to reach a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and utilities must transition to generating 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040. Major changes will have to take place at the utility scale and…

Electric Co-op Members: Make your voice heard in upcoming elections

Published February 28, 2024 If you live in a rural area, odds are that your electricity is provided by a local electric cooperative (co-op). Co-ops are owned by the same community members they serve. Unlike major investor-owned utilities like Xcel or Minnesota Power, electric co-ops are often not typically regulated by the Public Utilities Commission…

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