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Welcome Olivia Carroll and Kayla Lamson to CUB’s team

Published October 31, 2023 CUB is excited to welcome the two newest members of our team: Olivia Carroll, Regulatory Advocate, and Kayla Lamson, AmeriCorps Home Energy Corps Member. Olivia joined the Citizens Utility Board in August 2023 as a Regulatory Advocate upon graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School with a concentration in Environmental…

PUC approves MERC’s natural gas rate case settlement

Published October 27, 2023 On October 26, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted a settlement agreement that limited rate increases for customers of Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC). Under the settlement, the company lowered its request to raise rates from approximately $32.7 million to $21.2 million, a more than $11.5 million reduction. As a result, the residential rate…

Introducing Clean Heat Minnesota

Published October 24, 2023 We are pleased to share Clean Heat Minnesota: a diverse, statewide coalition of Minnesotans working for clean, affordable energy for heating, cooking, and appliances. Announced today, Clean Heat Minnesota is organizing for a state in which everyone can heat their homes and workplaces with reliable energy at consistent, affordable prices, while…

Energy Awareness Month: Energy Efficiency Tips

Published October 10, 2023 October is Energy Awareness Month, and we’re here to provide all the tips you could need to help you save money on your energy bill while being as energy efficient as possible. The cold months are slowly settling in, and that means taking a few steps to prep for winter. Check…

Energy Awareness Month: Energy Assistance & Utility Programs

Published October 1, 2023 October is Energy Awareness Month, and CUB is here to provide all the information you need to keep your bills low, reduce your energy usage, and keep your household comfortable this fall and coming winter. Energy Assistance We’re starting off the month by getting the word out about Energy Assistance in…

Step-by-step guide to avoiding utility disconnection

Published September 26, 2023 So, you’re a few months behind on your energy bill, and you’ve received a disconnection notice. Don’t panic – there are avenues to find your way out of this situation and keep your power or gas on without breaking the bank. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to avoiding disconnection: 1….

Investing in the Energy Future: Planned transmission projects create jobs and bring benefits home to consumers 

Published September 14, 2023 In two recent posts, we discussed the components of the electric grid and the important role that transmission plays in maintaining grid reliability and lowering energy costs. This background is essential to understanding why recently proposed projects will benefit the grid and utility customers. This post introduces the transmission system expansion…

Tips to save on your energy bill this fall

Published September 11, 2023 Cooler temperatures flowing into Minnesota will probably be a major relief for your energy bill after the fourth hottest summer in Minnesota history. There’s hope in site: on average, Minnesotan fall brings with it some of the most temperate temperatures and clear skies we experience throughout the year. As you start the switch…

Electricity Transportation: Why more transmission highways are needed

Published August 31, 2023 In the first blog post of this series, The Energy Highway: How Electricity Reaches Your Home, we introduced the general components of the electric grid: generation, transmission, and distribution. Together, these systems form a network that produces electricity and transports it to your home and the businesses you frequent. This post…

Hiring: Home Energy Corps Member

Published August 30, 2023 About the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB) is a nonprofit advocate for our state’s utility consumers. We advocate for affordable utility service, consumer protections, and clean energy.  CUB aims to be a voice for Minnesotans at the state Public Utilities Commission and the legislature….

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