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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…

Viewpoint: Xcel delivers win-win for Minnesota

February 9, 2018 / Hastings Star Gazette By Annie Levenson-Falk Ben Fowke, the president and CEO of Xcel Energy, recently announced an ambitious plan to cut the utility’s carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030. To reach that goal, Xcel Energy will double down on clean energy. It plans to generate 60 percent renewable energy by…

State regulators approve $13 million rate hike for Minnesota Power

January 31st, 2018 / Star Tribune By Mike Hughlett Minnesota utility regulators have approved a $13 million rate hike for Minnesota Power, about 40 percent of what the company had been seeking. Minnesota Power’s residential customers will see a 3.5 percent rate increase with the action taken Tuesday by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)….

Sustainable: Planners charting Minnesota’s energy future

January 2, 2018 / Finance & Commerce By Frank Jossi Energy generation from wind and solar has grown significantly in Minnesota. Utilities have announced the retirement of thousands of megawatts of coal plants in the next decade. Popular technologies such as electric vehicles, sophisticated thermostats, battery storage and rooftop solar hold great potential to produce…

Discussion of local energy future reveals choices you can make today

November 3, 2017 / Rochester Post-Bulletin By Randy Petersen   A peek at Rochester’s energy future was a bit hazy Thursday. The four panelists on the UMR Connects panel agreed many questions and constraints remain while the city is tied to a Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency contract for electricity generation through 2030, but they…

Public weighs in on Minnesota Power rate case

June 20, 2017 / Duluth News Tribune By John Myers Bashed in recent weeks by the state attorney general, the state Department of Commerce and the mining industry, Minnesota Power’s proposed electric rate increase this week was opened to bashing by the general public as well. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings on…

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