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CUB calls for moratorium on CenterPoint’s wintertime disconnections

Published January 2, 2024 CUB and the Energy CENTS Coalition (ECC) recently recommended that CenterPoint Energy be prohibited from disconnecting customers during the winter. This decision was not made lightly. We reviewed numerous utility filings, compiled data on disconnection trends, and uncovered several questionable policies and practices engaged in by utilities. We detailed our concerns…

Energy navigation pilot program to be launched

Published December 21, 2023 Minnesotans currently have access to a variety of programs that help increase energy efficiency and reduce customer utility bills. Programs and incentives are funded and offered by electric and gas utilities, as well as by federal, state, and local governments. Enrolling in initiatives like Energy Assistance, Gas Affordability Programs, and weatherization…

What do your neighbors think about the clean energy transition? 

Published December 12, 2023 Through my environmental policy program at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, I have had the opportunity to analyze and discuss a variety of policies in the context of the clean energy transition. With the passage of federal legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, and…

Electric Heat in Minnesota: A guide to saving money this winter

Published December 1, 2023 Heating our homes is a major energy expense in Minnesota.  The amount we pay can vary significantly based on the type of heating system and type fuel used.  Around 20 percent of Minnesota households heat their homes using electricity, especially in greater Minnesota.  If these homes use electric resistance heat (think…

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