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Home insulation can be a year-round money saver

Published March 20, 2017 Today’s energy saving tip comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Proper home insulation is not only a good way to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also save you money on your energy bills year round. To reduce costly energy waste, especially in older…

Bill could raise rates on families and small businesses

Published March 16, 2017 A bill being heard today in the Senate energy and utilities committee would result in longer and more expensive utility regulatory processes, and would raise energy rates on residential and small business customers. SF 1177/HF 1309 would require economic growth and job retention and growth be considered during the utility ratemaking process….

Bill hike could be coming for Minnesota Power customers

Published March 10, 2017 Minnesota Power customers could soon be paying about 6.7% more on their electric bills under a proposal approved yesterday by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The money would be used to reduce electric costs for 11 industrial customers by 5%. This industrial subsidy, and the associated charge for other customers, is possible under a law passed…

More consideration needed of bill to reduce regulation of new power generation

Published March 9, 2017 A bill before the state Senate Energy and Utilities Committee today would eliminate a step in the regulatory process for constructing new large renewable energy facilities. While there may be ways to streamline regulation without weakening consumer protections, we must fully consider the consequences of a possibly significant change to the way Minnesota handles…

New bills will ensure consumer protections in residential PACE financing

Published February 28, 2017 Today, CUB published a letter supporting HF 1377 and SF 1088, bills to suspend a type of energy improvement financing so that consumer protections can be put in place. Property-assessed clean energy financing, or PACE, allows a property owner to make energy improvements, using a loan that they repay through their property tax bill. Property…

Is your home leaking energy — and money?

Published February 23, 2017 Sealing air leaks is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy loss in your home. Air that leaks through a home’s windows, doors, ceilings, walls, the foundation, and other areas can waste up to one-third (!!) of your home’s energy budget — not to mention all the extra emissions that…

Governor Dayton would sign Senate bill for new Xcel power plant

Published February 9, 2017 According to a statement issued today, Governor Dayton expects to sign HF 113/SF 85 as amended in the Senate last week. The bill allows Xcel Energy to build a new power plant in Becker, without going through the normal certificate of need review by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). CUB initially opposed the…

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