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CUB requests improvements to Xcel’s proposed time-of-use rate

Published May 22, 2024 In December 2023, Xcel Energy filed a petition to implement a default Time-of-Use (TOU) rate for all residential customers, with the option to opt-out. CUB and other parties filed initial comments responding to Xcel’s proposal last week. CUB generally supports TOU rates, as they could provide many potential benefits to customers…

Spring Savings: Tips to keep your energy bills low

Published April 15, 2024 After a very mild Minnesota winter, temperatures have begun to rise and the trees are turning green again. Like autumn, Minnesota spring usually correlates to reduced energy bills, as mild temperatures result in reduced heating and cooling usage. However, there are still plenty of strategies to keep your energy usage low…

CUB continues to push for Access to Utility Data 

Published March 14, 2024 In August 2019, CUB filed a petition with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt Open Data Access Standards. The Standards would allow certain third parties to access customer energy use data that is aggregated or anonymized to protect customers’ privacy. As we have previously written, this data is instrumental for…

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…

Electric Co-op Members: Make your voice heard in upcoming elections

Published February 28, 2024 If you live in a rural area, odds are that your electricity is provided by a local electric cooperative (co-op). Co-ops are owned by the same community members they serve. Unlike major investor-owned utilities like Xcel or Minnesota Power, electric co-ops are often not typically regulated by the Public Utilities Commission…

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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…

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