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We’re hiring: Paid part-time legal intern (fall semester 2022)

Published April 7, 2022 The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB) is the independent advocate for Minnesota utility consumers. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit consumer advocate, CUB serves two primary functions. First, we represent the interests of Minnesota consumers to influence policy (including regulatory and legislative activities) affecting Minnesota’s public utilities. We advocate before the Minnesota Public…

Spring into energy savings

Published March 23, 2022 Spring provides unique opportunities to save on your energy bills as the weather starts to change. Of course, spring in Minnesota is often unpredictable: one day you’ll have the heat on; the next day, the windows are open. Here are some tips to manage your energy use, bills, and comfort during…

Welcome Laura Bretheim, CUB’s new outreach intern

Published March 17, 2022 Laura joined the Citizens Utility Board in March 2022 as an Outreach Intern. She will be supporting outreach activities throughout the spring and summer and looks forward to connecting customers with energy resources. Laura is a first-year student in the University of Minnesota’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Prior to…

Updates from the Minnesota Legislature

Published March 10, 2022 Hello from the State Capitol, where CUB is working hard to represent consumers’ interests in energy-related discussions. The Legislature passed its two-year budget last year. There is no pressure of a government shutdown should the politically divided House, Senate, and Governor fail to come to agreements, which may make it less…

Disconnection Notice

Utility protections ending April 30

Published March 9, 2022 Since the onset of COVID, major utilities across Minnesota have offered special protections against utility shut off. After April 30, 2022, the last of the special protections will end. For customers of CenterPoint Energy, Dakota Electric Association, Great Plains Natural Gas, Greater Minnesota Gas, Minnesota Energy Resources, Minnesota Power, Otter Tail Power, and Xcel Energy: A…

Is CenterPoint “having its cake and eating it too” when recovering Winter Storm Uri costs from Minnesotans?

Published March 1, 2022 A report (pdf) issued by CUB today raises questions about Texas-based CenterPoint Energy’s financial interest in another Texas company that made billions during the February 2021 Winter Storm Uri. The report comes while CenterPoint’s Minnesota-based subsidiary is attempting to pass on approximately $466 million in costs associated with last year’s storm…

Utility rebates can help offset the rising cost of energy

Published February 22, 2022 Most of us are feeling the effects of rising costs and are looking for ways to save money. CUB is here to share strategies to help you manage the energy piece of your household budget.   Our money and energy saving tip for today: Rebates. If you aren’t familiar with rebates offered…

Xcel electricity plan approved: clean energy, storage, and transmission

Published February 9, 2022 Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) made its determination in Xcel Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP), mapping Xcel’s future power generation. The plan will substantially reduce emissions while maintaining reliability. Under the plan, Xcel will close expensive fossil fuel generators, build out clean energy resources, help affected power plant workers…

High energy bills? Weatherization offers long-term solutions

Published February 7, 2022 As Minnesotans face the pressures of low temperatures and high natural gas bills this winter, significant support may be on the horizon. Efficiency upgrades to “weatherize” homes can help homeowners reduce their energy bills and, in turn, save money. With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the federal…

Public hearings being held on Feb ‘21 natural gas price spike

Published February 7, 2022 The Public Utilities Commission wants to hear from you. Minnesota’s natural gas utilities want ratepayers to cover the entire cost of last February’s natural gas price spike. CUB is currently party to a contested case proceeding where we are arguing that four of these utilities (CenterPoint, Xcel, MERC, and Great Plains)…

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