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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…

What do your neighbors think about the clean energy transition? 

Published December 12, 2023 Through my environmental policy program at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, I have had the opportunity to analyze and discuss a variety of policies in the context of the clean energy transition. With the passage of federal legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, and…

Electric Heat in Minnesota: A guide to saving money this winter

Published December 1, 2023 Heating our homes is a major energy expense in Minnesota.  The amount we pay can vary significantly based on the type of heating system and type fuel used.  Around 20 percent of Minnesota households heat their homes using electricity, especially in greater Minnesota.  If these homes use electric resistance heat (think…

Step-by-step guide to avoiding utility disconnection

Published September 26, 2023 So, you’re a few months behind on your energy bill, and you’ve received a disconnection notice. Don’t panic – there are avenues to find your way out of this situation and keep your power or gas on without breaking the bank. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to avoiding disconnection: 1….

Investing in the Energy Future: Planned transmission projects create jobs and bring benefits home to consumers 

Published September 14, 2023 In two recent posts, we discussed the components of the electric grid and the important role that transmission plays in maintaining grid reliability and lowering energy costs. This background is essential to understanding why recently proposed projects will benefit the grid and utility customers. This post introduces the transmission system expansion…

Electricity Transportation: Why more transmission highways are needed

Published August 31, 2023 In the first blog post of this series, The Energy Highway: How Electricity Reaches Your Home, we introduced the general components of the electric grid: generation, transmission, and distribution. Together, these systems form a network that produces electricity and transports it to your home and the businesses you frequent. This post…

Home electrification options being promoted to metro residents

Published February 27, 2023 Four Twin Cities metro communities—Edina, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and St. Louis Park—have created an initiative to give guidance to residents on how to use more clean energy in their home. The initiative is called Electrify Everything MN. The cities hope that increasing interest in electrification will help reduce community emissions and…

PUC approves a 9.5% rate increase for Minnesota Power

Published February 10, 2023 In November 2021, Minnesota Power filed a request with state regulators to charge its Minnesota electric customers an additional $108 million each year. If approved, this rate increase would have caused a rate hike of about 18% — or about $15 more per month for a typical residential customer. After a…

100% carbon-free electricity standard passes Legislature

Minnesota law will soon require electricity to be carbon-free by 2040, as the 100% clean electricity bill heads to Governor Walz’s desk. This is one of Minnesota’s largest-ever moves to address climate change. It is the result of more than four years of work by the Governor and legislative leaders, environmental experts, utilities, labor, consumer…

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