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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…

The Energy Highway: How electricity reaches your home

Published August 17, 2023 Every time we use electricity, it seems like an instantaneous process – just flip a switch and the lights turn on. In reality, the electric grid is much more complicated. Before it can be used, electricity must be generated and carried over potentially thousands of miles of lines and wires before…

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…

Legislature advances a bill to decarbonize Minnesota electricity by 2040

Published January 17, 2023 Hearings begin this week on a bill to fully decarbonize Minnesota’s electricity sector. The bill, authored by Representative Jamie Long (HF 7) and Senator Nick Frentz (SF 4) and supported by Governor Walz, would require electric utilities to provide carbon-free power by 2040, ten years earlier than Xcel Energy’s and Minnesota…

Although final rate hike still pending, Xcel electric customers will not see an interim cost increase at the start of 2023

Published December 14, 2022 Last year, Xcel Energy filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to increase rates for its Minnesota electric customers. Because the process for evaluating whether these new rates should be allowed (i.e. a “rate case”) takes time, Minnesota law allows Xcel to increase electricity rates on a temporary basis…

CUB continues to fight Xcel’s request to raise electric rates

Published October 27, 2022 Last year, Xcel Energy filed a request with state regulators to charge its Minnesota electric customers an additional $677 million over the coming years. In its filing, Xcel addresses several reasons why it seeks to raise rates. For example, Xcel notes that it will be incurring additional costs to build new…

Otter Tail Power to offer affordability discount to qualifying customers

Published July 26, 2022 Otter Tail Power will soon offer an electricity bill discount to income-qualified customers after the company’s proposal was approved by the Public Utilities Commission last week. With this approval, all of Minnesota’s investor owned utilities will now offer affordability programs for customers with low incomes.  Otter Tail’s program, called Uplift, will…

How to decipher your electric bill in Minnesota

June 19, 2022 Star Tribune Mike Hughlett Utility bills can be confusing. Here’s a breakdown of what all the lines on a typical bill mean and what your bill funds. The electricity-sucking summer air-conditioning season is upon us, just as energy costs are soaring. With that in mind, consumers might be scrutinizing their electricity bills….

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