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Minnesota Legislature: Report from the end of session

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its work at about 11:50 p.m. last Sunday before a 12:00 deadline. While the session was marked by a lack of progress in many areas, it concluded favorably on a number of issues affecting energy consumers. Here’s a report on the outcome of CUB’s legislative priorities this year, as well…

Summer energy saving tips

After a very long winter and short spring, the Memorial Day weekend gives us permission to embrace summer.  We’ll be shifting from heating to cooling expenses.  For most households in Minnesota, our highest electricity bills come in the summer.  (Communities up north can be an exception to this.)  This is typically due to using air…

Minnesota gets additional Energy Assistance funds

Our cold weather is finally behind us, but some people may still be trying to catch up on winter energy bills. Luckily, it’s not too late to get Energy Assistance for the past heating season. The State of Minnesota recently received an additional $14.7 million in federal funds for the Energy Assistance Program. This is…

The insider’s guide to a CUB energy consultation

Published May 7, 2018 Energy bill consultations are one of CUB’s key outreach services. With a free one-on-one consultation, we help people find ways to save energy in their homes or apartments. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from an energy consultation and how to get one! Why have a bill consultation?…

solar winter sunset

Market forces are driving electrification

A fundamental goal of energy policy has been to reduce the amount of electricity used as much as possible. That is, until recently. Now, the power sector is rapidly changing, more clean energy generation is coming online, and new goals are emerging. We still want to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of our energy…

Now Hiring: Paid Summer Internship

CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our work this summer. The intern will work with Carmen Carruthers, CUB’s outreach director, to carry out events, develop informational materials for consumers, and create marketing materials to promote CUB’s mission and services.  It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience in the fields of…

Minnesota Capitol

Update from the Minnesota Legislature

We’re just about at the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, and CUB has been busy at the Capitol. Here’s an update on some of the issues that could affect energy consumers this year.   Xcel nuclear plant spending A bill carried by Representative O’Neill and Senator Mathews would allow Xcel to more easily…

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