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Will applying for RentHelpMN assistance help renters avoid utility disconnection?

Published October 6, 2021 In recent weeks, CUB has received a lot of phone calls from concerned consumers who have experienced, or are currently facing, utility service disconnections. Some of these consumers are concerned about being disconnected while they are waiting to receive financial assistance for rent and overdue utility bills through the RentHelpMN program….

Energy podcasts to tune in to

Published October 1, 2021 It’s Energy Awareness Month! If you are interested in staying up to date with the latest trends, research, and debates on energy here are some trending podcasts for you to listen to throughout your day. Whether you are already an avid follower of energy news or are interested in beginning your…

Energy Awareness Month

Published October 1, 2021 It’s that time of the year again, Energy Awareness Month. CUB has been waiting all year to celebrate! Last year we encouraged people to think about issues of access and equity when it comes to energy. This year we want to focus on the importance of weatherization and its long-term benefits…

Looking at Otter Tail’s plans for the future

Published September 22, 2021 What is an IRP?  This fall, numerous utilities across Minnesota are filing Integrated Resource Plans, or IRPs, with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”). Among those utilities are Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power. But what exactly is an IRP? Essentially, the purpose of an IRP is to lay…

Fall energy saving tips

Published September 22, 2021 After such a warm summer, some of us may be looking forward to the cooler weather of the fall season! When it comes to energy use, early fall and late spring are typically our lowest energy use months because we’re not having to heat or cool our homes very often. As a transition…