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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…

Update on City of Minneapolis Tariffed On-Bill Financing Pilot Program

Published September 4, 2020 In a June 5, 2020 blog post, CUB raised the following question: Could financing through your utility bill help people make home energy efficiency improvements? We have continued to think about this question when reviewing a $50 million pilot program proposed by the City of Minneapolis to offer a tariffed on-bill…

Xcel should be held accountable for delays in connecting customers’ solar arrays

Published August 20, 2020 Rooftop solar has been gaining popularity in Xcel’s service territory in recent years. Xcel customers who install solar arrays on their homes or businesses receive credits on their bill for production that exceeds their use and may be eligible to receive other incentives and tax credits; however, these bill credits and…

Update on Minnesota Power’s request to delay its Integrated Resource Plan filing

Published August 4, 2020 Last month I wrote about CUB’s comments filed with the Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) in Docket 16-664 recommending that the Commission deny Minnesota Power’s (the “Company”) request to extend the deadline for its Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”). As noted in our comments, the Company’s IRP filing deadline had been extended twice…

Now hiring: Paid part-time communications and outreach intern

Published August 4, 2020 CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our communications and outreach programs. The intern will assist with CUB’s communications strategies, support CUB’s outreach events, help people analyze and understand their electric and gas bills, how to reduce energy waste and save money, and their options for renewable energy. It’s a…

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