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Utility efficiency rebates for households increase in 2024

Published February 29, 2024 Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session resulted in several fundamental changes to energy policy. It is now a state goal to reach a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and utilities must transition to generating 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040. Major changes will have to take place at the utility scale and…

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CUB continuing to monitor CenterPoint practices and trends after PUC declines to adopt shutoff moratorium

Published February 9, 2024 On February 8, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) considered our request to implement a moratorium on wintertime disconnections for CenterPoint customers. Although the PUC did not approve the moratorium, it established a procedural framework for CUB, the Energy CENTS Coalition, and other stakeholders to continue bringing attention to harmful utility…

CenterPoint proposes investments to decarbonize natural gas

Published January 22, 2024 CenterPoint recently proposed a large package of pilot projects aimed at decarbonizing the natural gas utility. On January 15, CUB filed an initial comment with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”), recommending that the plan be approved, but with significant modifications. Background The Minnesota Legislature recently declared that “it is the…

CUB calls for moratorium on CenterPoint’s wintertime disconnections

Published January 2, 2024 CUB and the Energy CENTS Coalition (ECC) recently recommended that CenterPoint Energy be prohibited from disconnecting customers during the winter. This decision was not made lightly. We reviewed numerous utility filings, compiled data on disconnection trends, and uncovered several questionable policies and practices engaged in by utilities. We detailed our concerns…

CenterPoint residential rates set at interim levels

Published November 23, 2022 On September 23, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted and adopted a settlement that established increased rates for CenterPoint Energy Minnesota Gas (CenterPoint) customers. Residential customers will see the interim rate of 3.9 percent which went into effect on January 1, 2022, become permanent. Below is a brief summary and…

CenterPoint, Xcel challenge decision forcing them to pay more of historic winter storm’s costs

November 9, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Minnesota’s two largest gas utilities are challenging a state ruling prohibiting them from together charging consumers $55 million for costs incurred during a 2021 winter storm. CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy on Tuesday asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to “reconsider” its August decision, which faulted the two utilities…

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