Published April 7, 2020
Given the current COVID-19 state of emergency, the schedule for Minnesota Power’s rate increase request is being postponed for about a month.
Late last year, Minnesota Power filed a request to increase customers’ rates, including a residential rate increase of 15 percent. Customers are currently paying an interim rate increase of 5.8 percent. (Customers will pay the interim rates until final rates are approved and placed on bills. If final rates are lower than the interim increase, customers will receive refunds with interest.)
Based on collaboration with Minnesota Power and other parties, the administrative law judge who is running Minnesota Power’s rate case has ordered a delay in the case. In particular, public hearings that had been scheduled for the week of May 4 are now slotted for June 9-12. The judge’s recommendations to the Public Utilities Commission will now be submitted on October 14.
The PUC makes the final determination regarding any rate increase.
CUB is intervening in this rate case on behalf of residential consumers, and we will keep you up to date about any developments.
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