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State regulators fine Xcel Energy $1M over dispute with solar developers

January 21, 2021 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett All Energy Solar filed complaints over delays connecting smaller projects to the electricity grid. Minnesota utility regulators Thursday slapped Xcel Energy with a rare $1 million fine for a bevy of complaints over delays in connecting solar projects to the electricity grid. Almost all of the roughly 120…

Empowering Minnesota’s energy consumers

December 10, 2020 Clean Energy Resource Teams Marie Donahue In November of 2020, Carmen Carruthers, Outreach Director at the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota (CUB), sat down virtually for a conversation with Marie Donahue, Sustainability Storyteller with Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Carruthers shares how CUB uses advocacy and outreach to advance affordable and reliable utility service…

Minnesota utility regulators getting pushback on economic stimulus initiative

November, 8 2020 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Minnesota utility regulators made an unusual call this spring. They asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to pitch investments that could help jump-start the state’s economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Xcel Energy responded with a multibillion-dollar plan that it said could create…

Xcel’s Minnesota customers will pay more next year — the question is how much

November 2, 2020 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Xcel Energy has filed for an electricity rate increase of $597 million, or 20% over three years, with most of it hitting pocketbooks next year. But the Minneapolis-based utility — by far the state’s largest electricity provider with 1.3 million customers — also said the increase may not be…

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