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Minnesota law would set precedent for unregulated monopolies

February 1, 2017 / Forbes Xcel Energy, an investor-owned utility based in Minneapolis, is about to make the deal of the century thanks to pork barrel politics in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. In January, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, which regulates the state’s utility monopolies, said it would initiate a proceeding to examine the…

Bill would allow new Xcel natural gas plant in Becker

January 17, 2017 St. Cloud Times   A bill under consideration at the state Capitol would allow Xcel Energy to build a new natural gas power plant in Sherburne County to replace energy from the Sherco coal plant in Becker. But opponents say it would bypass the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which declined last year to…

Legislators propose bills to allow a new Xcel plant in Becker

January 12, 2017 / Minneapolis Star Tribune Utility regulators had put the decision on hold while asking for more study Bills have been introduced in the Legislature that would allow Xcel Energy to build a big power plant in Sherburne County, a project usually decided by Minnesota utility regulators, not written into state law. In…

Other view: ‘Wind is significantly cheaper’

November 19, 2016 / Duluth News Tribune “Wind is on the list (of factors driving Minnesota Power’s request to raise rates). But it’s not the biggest factor of the five factors that they have on that list. I would say driving their need for investment (is the utility’s) need (for) more generation, period. The comparison…

Who looks out for utility consumers in Minnesota?

October 21, 2016 / Minnesota Public Radio News Annie Levenson-Falk, the head of CUB (Citizens Utility Board) Minnesota, talked about how the board will focus on consumers’ utility bills in Minnesota and how to lower them or at least keep them from going up. Listen to the interview

Letter: A “Greatest Generation” member speaks up

October 6, 2016 / International Falls Journal / To the editor, I am (International Falls) Councilor (Cynthia) Jaksa’s mother and a Roosevelt Democrat and a member of the “Greatest Generation.” The first great Depression was caused by the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and right now that condition exists today because…

New Minnesota consumer advocacy group takes on utility rate plan

September 15, 2016 / Midwest Energy News / A new advocacy group has begun working on behalf of Minnesota ratepayers to hold down utility charges while also promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota will appear before the state Public Utilities Commission today making arguments on behalf of the CUB…

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