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Xcel seeking new way to charge for nuclear energy costs: Utility seeks legislation easing process to recoup costs from customers

March 14, 2018 / Star Tribune By Mike Hughlett Legislation introduced this week would alter Minnesota’s approval process for costly investments at Xcel Energy’s nuclear power plants, a move criticized by ratepayer and clean-energy advocates. Under the proposed law, Xcel would submit its nuclear plant improvement tab — expected to be at least $1 billion…

Kandiyohi County solar co-op to be discussed Tuesday

March 9, 2018 / West Central Tribune By Tribune Newsroom NEW LONDON — A solar cooperative has been formed in Kandiyohi County, and an informational meeting is slated Tuesday in New London. According to a news release announcing the meeting, joining the Kandiyohi County Solar Co-op is free and is not a commitment to purchase…

Industry lines up against proposed power plant in Superior

March 7, 2018 / Duluth News Tribune By Brooks Johnson Northland mining, paper and energy companies are giving a hard pass to Minnesota Power’s proposed natural gas plant. What’s more, according to testimony filed on their behalf, these businesses would rather be subject to occasional blackouts and pay less for power through a scheme known…

Minnesota Power plant in Superior draws opposition

February 22, 2018 / Duluth Reader  By Richard Thomas Minnesota Power plans to build a natural gas-fueled power plant in Superior. But citizen groups are questioning whether it’s a good idea, either for customers or the environment. If all goes as planned, the $700 million power plant, to be called the Nemadji Trail Energy Center,…

Citizens poll regarding proposed Superior power plant highlights concerns over cost

February 21, 2018 / KBJR6.com (Duluth) By Billy Wagness DULUTH, MN – A poll released Wednesday says 77 percent of Minnesota Power customers are overwhelmingly against a proposed multimillion dollar power plant in Superior. The poll was conducted by the non-profit consumer advocacy group Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota. Spokespeople say, of the 552 Minnesota Power customers surveyed, 92…

Minnesota Power Rate Increase Approaching

February 21, 2018 / Fox21 online (Duluth) By Andrew Kirov DULUTH, Minn. – A new natural gas power plant is coming to Superior. According to a statewide group, most Minnesota Power customers oppose the new plant because of its cost. But Minnesota Power officials tell us their proposed rate increase is not because of the…

Dairyland’s proposed NG plant gets pushback from Minnesota

February 21, 2018 / La Crosse Tribune By Chris Hubbuch Minnesota consumer and environmental groups are pushing back against Dairyland Power’s proposal to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior. The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota, which represents utility customers, released survey results Wednesday that said more than three quarters of Minnesota…

Minnesota Power Customers See Increase On Electricity Bill

February 20, 2018 / Fox 21 (Duluth) By Haydee Clotter DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a customer of Minnesota Power your electricity bill might be going up a bit. The Citizens Utility Board held a public hearing in Duluth to share the reasons behind the increase. Right now customers are seeing a five percent interim rate increase….

Meetings Tuesday on Minnesota Power rate hike, gas power plant

February 19, 2018 / Duluth News Tribune By News Tribune Three nonprofit groups are offering two free sessions Tuesday in Duluth to help consumers understand Minnesota Power’s new electric rates and the utility’s proposal to build a new gas power plant in Superior. The informational sessions are set for 1-2:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. at…

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