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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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CUB continuing to monitor CenterPoint practices and trends after PUC declines to adopt shutoff moratorium

Published February 9, 2024 On February 8, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) considered our request to implement a moratorium on wintertime disconnections for CenterPoint customers. Although the PUC did not approve the moratorium, it established a procedural framework for CUB, the Energy CENTS Coalition, and other stakeholders to continue bringing attention to harmful utility…

Xcel’s 2023 year-end earnings call shows Xcel continues to do well “despite” Minnesota rate case decision

Published January 26, 2024 On January 25, Xcel Energy, Inc. (the parent company of Northern States Power Company, Minnesota’s largest electric utility) held its 2023 year-end earnings call. The purpose of this call was to inform Xcel shareholders and investors of its recent financial performance and how Xcel’s corporate officers expect that performance to look…

CenterPoint proposes investments to decarbonize natural gas

Published January 22, 2024 CenterPoint recently proposed a large package of pilot projects aimed at decarbonizing the natural gas utility. On January 15, CUB filed an initial comment with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”), recommending that the plan be approved, but with significant modifications. Background The Minnesota Legislature recently declared that “it is the…

CUB calls for moratorium on CenterPoint’s wintertime disconnections

Published January 2, 2024 CUB and the Energy CENTS Coalition (ECC) recently recommended that CenterPoint Energy be prohibited from disconnecting customers during the winter. This decision was not made lightly. We reviewed numerous utility filings, compiled data on disconnection trends, and uncovered several questionable policies and practices engaged in by utilities. We detailed our concerns…

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