Comment period on Xcel’s Integrated Resource Plan again delayed

Published September 29, 2020 Minnesota law requires public utilities to periodically file an Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) with the Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”). An IRP is a roadmap that public utilities use to analyze and model various strategies for meeting electricity demand over the next 15 year time horizon. The Commission last approved an…

Welcome Eva Chen, CUB’s new communications and outreach intern

Published September 8, 2020 Eva joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in September 2020 as the Communications and Outreach Intern. Prior to coming to CUB, she has worked as a researcher for the Hennepin-University Partnership, where she analyzed the effectiveness of collaborations between county government and nearby universities on surrounding communities and constituents. She…

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…

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