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CUB hires Outreach Director

Published November 22, 2016 Please join me in welcoming Carmen Carruthers to the CUB team! Carmen is CUB’s new outreach director. She’ll soon be visiting communities around Minnesota, holding bill clinics and workshops and providing one-on-one counseling to anyone with questions about their utilities. Most recently, Carmen worked as a financial associate for Thrivent Financial. She…

FCC passes rules to protect online privacy

Published November 1, 2016 Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission made a landmark decision in favor of consumers’ right to privacy online. The ruling limits how internet providers use and sell customer data and asserts that the data belongs to the customers to control. The Washington Post reported: “The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to…

Get your home ready for winter

Published October 20, 2016 The seasons are changing! Following these tips to prepare your home for winter can save you hundreds of dollars every year. Check for leaks: Inspect windows and door frames for cracks or signs of decay or drafts. Seal any leaks with caulk or weatherstripping, or use a temporary product like rope…

Public hearings being held on Rochester-area pipeline proposal

Published October 18, 2016 On November 9, let state regulators know what you think of a plan to build a new natural gas pipeline to supply the Rochester area. The state Public Utilities Commission will hold public hearings on the proposed new pipeline. The hearings are your chance to tell regulators what you think. Any…

CUB Illinois helps dad cut his electric bill in half

Published September 30, 2016 Here’s a story from our partners at the Citizens Utility Board of Illinois. This is the kind of service we are now providing here in Minnesota, and many similar utility programs exist here for us to take advantage of. If you have a question or concern about your bills or your…

Minnesota Power wins approval to cut industrial rates by 5%

Published September 16, 2016 Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission permitted Minnesota Power to offer 11 of its industrial customers a break of about 5% off their electric rates. In a 3-2 decision, Commissioners agreed with the utility and the state Department of Commerce that the break would have a net benefit to the utility….

We’re hiring: Launch CUB Minnesota’s outreach program

*9/21/16 UPDATE: This is now a Director-level position, and the application deadline has been extended through Sept. 30* Published September 6, 2016 CUB Minnesota is now hiring an individual to create and carry out our outreach programming. This is a full-time position, primarily responsible for developing and carrying out CUB Minnesota’s statewide outreach programs, providing…

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