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Energy justice requires educated consumers

Published June 29, 2020 Energy plays a large part in our lives. It heats our homes and buildings, transports people and products around the world and powers our electronics. Energy is also linked to complex global issues of access and equity. Not everyone has access to reliable energy services, and for low-income households, energy bills…

Assistance with energy bills

Published June 26, 2020 Are you worried about getting your energy bills paid? Maybe you are already falling behind? It’s stressful to worry about bills piling up, having your electricity or natural gas shut off, or not being able to get your propane tank filled.  Getting your utilities shut off or having an empty fuel…

Minnesota’s regulated utilities ordered to reconnect shutoff customers, temporarily stop penalizing customers for overdue bills

Published June 23, 2020 Last Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) adopted recommendations from CUB and partners to reconnect gas service to thousands of Minnesotans who are currently shut off and to strengthen consumers’ shutoff protections during COVID-19 and beyond. CUB has joined together with Energy CENTS Coalition, Minnesota Community Action Partnership, and Legal…

Minnesota Power customers will get refunds after utility resolves, PUC approves revised rate increase request

Published June 9, 2020 Last Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously approved a resolution to Minnesota Power’s rate increase request that will result in immediate refunds for customers. The utility, which provides power to Duluth and parts of northeast, north-central, and central Minnesota, had originally requested a large rate increase, including a 15%…

A letter from our executive director

This letter was emailed to CUB’s network on June 8, 2020 The murder of George Floyd and the events of the last two weeks have brought to the surface what we already knew to be true. Our country – and Minnesota, in particular – has serious problems with racial equity that we need to deal…

Summer Energy Tips

Published June 3, 2020 With the passing of Memorial Day, we have officially started the Minnesota summer! Minnesotans relish our summers, and CUB recognizes this summer is going to feel a lot different due to COVID-19. Many people will be at home more than normal. More time at home will likely result in more energy…

Welcome Brian Edstrom, CUB’s new Senior Regulatory Advocate

Published May 19, 2020 Brian joined the Citizens Utility Board in May 2020 as the organization’s Senior Regulatory Advocate.  Prior to joining CUB, Brian practiced law with a boutique business law firm, Avisen Legal, P.A. in Minneapolis, where he advised small business owners on a variety of general business and regulatory matters. Brian’s work experience…

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