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Legislative Update: Bills advance to protect renters and expand clean energy options 

Published March 26, 2024 The legislative session is well underway, and as always, CUB has been tracking energy-related bills to ensure ratepayers’ interests are represented.  Last Friday was the legislative “deadline for committees to act favorably” on policy bills in both the House and Senate. (Major appropriation and finance bills face a separate deadline, on…

CUB continues to push for Access to Utility Data 

Published March 14, 2024 In August 2019, CUB filed a petition with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt Open Data Access Standards. The Standards would allow certain third parties to access customer energy use data that is aggregated or anonymized to protect customers’ privacy. As we have previously written, this data is instrumental for…

PUC adopts initial framework for natural gas utility integrated resource planning 

Published March 7, 2024 Last year, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) adopted CUB’s recommendation that gas utilities be required to conduct long-term planning that is transparent to the public, reviewed by stakeholders (like CUB), and ultimately approved by the PUC. On February 22, the PUC held its first hearing to establish requirements for these…

Hiring: Paid Outreach & Communications Intern

Published March 5, 2024 About the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB) is the independent advocate for Minnesota utility consumers. CUB works at the Public Utilities Commission, the state legislature, and with Minnesotans around the state to help consumers understand their energy bills and options and to ensure utility…

Utility efficiency rebates for households increase in 2024

Published February 29, 2024 Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session resulted in several fundamental changes to energy policy. It is now a state goal to reach a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and utilities must transition to generating 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040. Major changes will have to take place at the utility scale and…

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