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Minnesota Power commits to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050

Published January 13, 2021 Minnesota Power plans to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to northern Minnesota by 2050. In an announcement yesterday, the Duluth-based utility promised 70% renewable electricity by 2030. It will reduce coal plant operations immediately and close all of its coal generation by 2035. And it will do so while maintaining the reliability…

CUB recommends the PUC deny Minnesota Power’s petition to recover lost revenues

Published January 12, 2021 The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Minnesotans in multiple ways. Among those impacts, the pandemic (and related restrictions issued globally to help slow its spread) has contributed to fluctuating demand for steel and declining demand for paper. This, in turn, has recently caused several of Minnesota’s large…

What to expect in the 2021 Minnesota legislative session

Published January 11, 2021 On January 4th, the Minnesota House and Senate gaveled in a new year at the state Capitol. With COVID-19 and pressing state budget challenges to deal with, legislative districts that must soon be redrawn, and legislative control divided between the two parties, 2021 is unlikely to be a big year for…

Managing space heater usage

Published December 29, 2020 As we enter the winter months, temperatures are starting to drop, and many households may be looking to portable space heaters to help stay warm in their homes. If this includes you, it is important to factor in the capability, costs, and efficiency of space heaters. This blog post will dig…