Minnesota Power rates will increase January 1

Published December 15, 2016 Minnesota Power customers should expect to see an increase in their electric rates starting the first of the year. This reflects an “interim” increase of 5.6% approved by the Public Utilities Commission today, the first step in Minnesota Power’s request for a larger “general” rate increase. As we’ve talked about on this blog, Minnesota…

Minnesota Power proposes 28% rate hike

Published December 9, 2016 Minnesota Power, which serves many people in northeastern and central Minnesota, is requesting rate increases that would result in an average 28% hike for its residential customers. The utility has two requests before the state regulatory body, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). On November 2, it requested a general rate increase, proposing…

CUB hires Outreach Director

Published November 22, 2016 Please join me in welcoming Carmen Carruthers to the CUB team! Carmen is CUB’s new outreach director. She’ll soon be visiting communities around Minnesota, holding bill clinics and workshops and providing one-on-one counseling to anyone with questions about their utilities. Most recently, Carmen worked as a financial associate for Thrivent Financial. She…

FCC passes rules to protect online privacy

Published November 1, 2016 Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission made a landmark decision in favor of consumers’ right to privacy online. The ruling limits how internet providers use and sell customer data and asserts that the data belongs to the customers to control. The Washington Post reported: “The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to…

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