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The Energy Highway: How electricity reaches your home

Published August 17, 2023 Every time we use electricity, it seems like an instantaneous process – just flip a switch and the lights turn on. In reality, the electric grid is much more complicated. Before it can be used, electricity must be generated and carried over potentially thousands of miles of lines and wires before…

PUC requires utilities to maximize IRA benefits

Published July 31, 2023 On Thursday, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ordered utilities to maximize the benefits of the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in future planning and cost recovery proceedings.  When the IRA was signed into law nearly a year ago, it became the most significant energy investment in U.S. history, providing nearly $400…

Advanced Meters: PUC takes steps to ensure Xcel customers receive benefits and are protected from high costs

Published July 24, 2023 Xcel’s electric rate case is not the only reason the company’s customers will see their electric bills increase. Recently, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) heard a petition from Xcel to recover the costs associated with installing advanced meters. While these meters can provide customers with significant benefits, they are expensive. Cost…

Energy Assistance recipients to be automatically enrolled in CenterPoint program providing affordable bills

Published July 18, 2023 Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) approved a proposal to automatically enroll CenterPoint Energy customers who receive Energy Assistance into a program that caps customer bills at an affordable payment each month. These changes will go into effect on January 1, 2024.  Gas Affordability Programs (GAPs) offer income-eligible…

Xcel electric customers to see rate refunds

Published June 29, 2023 On June 1, 2023 the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved a 9.6% rate increase over three years for customers of Xcel Energy’s electric utility. This final rate increase is much lower than the 21.2% rate increase Xcel had initially proposed. It is also lower than the 8.92% interim (temporary) rate increase…

Welcome James Birr and Kristin Sako to CUB’s team

Published June 28, 2023 CUB is excited to welcome the two newest members of our team: James Birr, Outreach and Communications Manager, and Kristin Sako, Outreach Intern. James joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in June 2023 as the organization’s outreach and communications manager. Prior to joining CUB, he worked with various non-profit organizations…

Hiring: Outreach and Communications Coordinator or Manager

Published April 25, 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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