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Some utilities resume shutoffs as COVID-19 emergency continues

Published October 5, 2020 A moratorium on utility disconnections remains in place for Minnesota’s regulated utilities, but some unregulated cooperative and municipal utilities have again begun shutting off customers who have past-due bills. CUB has received anecdotal reports of shutoffs by more than two dozen cooperative and municipal utilities located across Minnesota. It is difficult…

Celebrating Energy Awareness Month

Published October 1, 2020 CUB is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. Celebrating Energy Awareness this time of year has become a CUB tradition. Last year we encouraged people to think about how electricity we use is generated. This year we want to focus on issues of…

Comment period on Xcel’s Integrated Resource Plan again delayed

Published September 29, 2020 Minnesota law requires public utilities to periodically file an Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) with the Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”). An IRP is a roadmap that public utilities use to analyze and model various strategies for meeting electricity demand over the next 15 year time horizon. The Commission last approved an…

Welcome Eva Chen, CUB’s new communications and outreach intern

Published September 8, 2020 Eva joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in September 2020 as the Communications and Outreach Intern. Prior to coming to CUB, she has worked as a researcher for the Hennepin-University Partnership, where she analyzed the effectiveness of collaborations between county government and nearby universities on surrounding communities and constituents. She…

Fall energy saving tips

Published September 8, 2020 You’ve heard this a lot already: it’s going to be a unique fall season. These unusual times are also impacting our energy use and patterns of use. With many people spending much more time at home than what is typical, household energy use is going to increase. The tips below will…

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