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Improvements coming to Minnesota Power’s CARE affordability program

Published October 1, 2019 Minnesota Power has received approval to overhaul its Customer Affordability Residential Electricity (CARE) Program. The CARE program helps reduce the cost of electricity for Minnesota Power’s low-income customers.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given Minnesota Power the go-ahead to implement significant program reforms. Minnesota Power worked diligently with stakeholders for…

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Published Sepbember 30, 2019 We’ve had a pretty mild September this year, so we put off posting our fall tips for a few weeks.  Why rush the cold weather in?!    But now it sounds like cooler, fall weather is coming and here to stay so it’s time to start shifting our energy behavior and getting…

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PUC denies Xcel’s request to purchase gas power plant

Published September 27, 2019 The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has unanimously denied Xcel’s request to purchase the Mankato Energy Center power plant. The PUC agreed with CUB that Xcel failed to show that spending $650 million was in the public interest and, crucially, that the utility was attempting to sidestep crucial regulatory processes in place…

Keeping our eye on Integrated Resource Planning

September 6, 2019 It’s been two months since Xcel Energy submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Over the last 60 days, CUB and several other parties have had a chance to give the plan a good once (twice, three times) over. The plan brings to light, once again, the…