Published August 17, 2022
Last year, Xcel Energy filed a request to increase electric rates by more than 20 percent. If you are an Xcel customer, you are already seeing a 6.4 percent interim rate increase on your bills, which is in effect as the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) determines what the final rate will be. (This blog covers more information on Xcel Energy’s full request.)
If you are concerned about how Xcel Energy’s proposed rate increase will affect you and your family, let the PUC know. Your voice matters and public comments can and do make a difference. Below is more information on how you can submit public comments.
Public Comment Opportunity
Any member of the public can comment on the proposed rate hike.
- In writing: To email@example.com or the MN Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101. Reference Docket No. 21-630, and note that everything in your comment will become part of the public record.
- At a public hearing: In person or virtually on the following dates.
|Tuesday, October 4, 2022||1:00 p.m.||Brookview Golden Valley Bassett Creek North Room 316 Brookview Pkwy S Golden Valley, MN|
|Tuesday, October 4, 2022||6:00 p.m.||Woodbury Central Park Valley Creek Room A 8595 Central Park Place Woodbury, MN|
|Wednesday, October 5, 2022||6:00 p.m.||Red Wing Ignite 419 Bush Street Red Wing, MN|
|Thursday, October 6, 2022||6:00 p.m.||Courtyard by Marriott 404 W St. Germain Street St Cloud, MN|
|Thursday, November 3, 2022||6:00 p.m.||Courtyard by Marriott 901 Raintree Road Mankato, MN|
- Virtual Hearings
- Monday, October 31, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Full details, including links for the virtual hearings, can be found here (pdf).
CUB is intervening in the rate case, and we’re pushing back on Xcel Energy’s unreasonably high rate hike request.
This fall, CUB (along with other parties intervening in the rate case) will file expert witness testimony challenging aspects of Xcel’s rate increase proposal. Parties will then participate in an evidentiary hearing and prepare legal briefs during the winter of 2022-2023. An administrative law judge will review these filings and make a recommendation to the PUC in March 2023. The PUC will then make the final decision on what Xcel’s final rate increase will be. We expect the PUC’s decision will come in June 2023.
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