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October is Energy Awareness Month

Published October 4, 2019 Happy Energy Awareness Month! CUB is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. Celebrating has become a CUB tradition. Last year we encouraged people to think about how they use energy. This year we want to discuss how the electricity we use is generated….

Improvements coming to Minnesota Power’s CARE affordability program

Published October 1, 2019 Minnesota Power has received approval to overhaul its Customer Affordability Residential Electricity (CARE) Program. The CARE program helps reduce the cost of electricity for Minnesota Power’s low-income customers.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given Minnesota Power the go-ahead to implement significant program reforms. Minnesota Power worked diligently with stakeholders for…

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Published Sepbember 30, 2019 We’ve had a pretty mild September this year, so we put off posting our fall tips for a few weeks.  Why rush the cold weather in?!    But now it sounds like cooler, fall weather is coming and here to stay so it’s time to start shifting our energy behavior and getting…

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PUC denies Xcel’s request to purchase gas power plant

Published September 27, 2019 The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has unanimously denied Xcel’s request to purchase the Mankato Energy Center power plant. The PUC agreed with CUB that Xcel failed to show that spending $650 million was in the public interest and, crucially, that the utility was attempting to sidestep crucial regulatory processes in place…

Illinois CUB study: Low-income households are charged more than their fair share for electricity

Published September 9, 2019 Lower-income households pay more than their fair share for electricity and subsidize higher-income residential customers. That’s the conclusion of a landmark study by our sister organization to the southeast, the Illinois Citizens Utility Board. Flat electricity rates mean customers do not pay the actual cost to provide electricity At its most…

Keeping our eye on Integrated Resource Planning

September 6, 2019 It’s been two months since Xcel Energy submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Over the last 60 days, CUB and several other parties have had a chance to give the plan a good once (twice, three times) over. The plan brings to light, once again, the…

Welcome Hannah Hoeger, CUB’s new Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Published September 4, 2019 CUB is excited to welcome Hannah Hoeger, the newest member of our team. Hannah joined the Citizens Utility Board in September 2019 as the organization’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator. Before coming to CUB, Hannah worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources within their Outreach and Communications Division, where she provided…

Renters tips to save energy and money

Published August 28, 2019 When renting an apartment or home it is important to consider the utilities you need to pay for in addition to your rent. Here are some general tips to help you get prepared when your utility bill comes in.  Find out what you are responsible for. Renters are often expected to…

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