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Energy navigation pilot program to be launched

Published December 21, 2023 Minnesotans currently have access to a variety of programs that help increase energy efficiency and reduce customer utility bills. Programs and incentives are funded and offered by electric and gas utilities, as well as by federal, state, and local governments. Enrolling in initiatives like Energy Assistance, Gas Affordability Programs, and weatherization…

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…

Keep your home warm and your energy bills low this winter

Published November 7, 2023 For many Minnesotans, we’ve already received our first snowfall of the season, and though we may be entering into a brief period of warm weather, winter loves to come back with a vengeance. Take a look at our winter energy savings tips to make sure that you’re prepared for the cold…

Energy Awareness Month: Energy Efficiency Tips

Published October 10, 2023 October is Energy Awareness Month, and we’re here to provide all the tips you could need to help you save money on your energy bill while being as energy efficient as possible. The cold months are slowly settling in, and that means taking a few steps to prep for winter. Check…

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…

PUC requires utilities to maximize IRA benefits

Published July 31, 2023 On Thursday, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ordered utilities to maximize the benefits of the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in future planning and cost recovery proceedings.  When the IRA was signed into law nearly a year ago, it became the most significant energy investment in U.S. history, providing nearly $400…

Advanced Meters: PUC takes steps to ensure Xcel customers receive benefits and are protected from high costs

Published July 24, 2023 Xcel’s electric rate case is not the only reason the company’s customers will see their electric bills increase. Recently, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) heard a petition from Xcel to recover the costs associated with installing advanced meters. While these meters can provide customers with significant benefits, they are expensive. Cost…

Energy Assistance recipients to be automatically enrolled in CenterPoint program providing affordable bills

Published July 18, 2023 Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) approved a proposal to automatically enroll CenterPoint Energy customers who receive Energy Assistance into a program that caps customer bills at an affordable payment each month. These changes will go into effect on January 1, 2024.  Gas Affordability Programs (GAPs) offer income-eligible…

Spring energy savings

Published April 21, 2023 Spring provides unique opportunities to save on your energy bills as the weather starts to change. Of course, spring in Minnesota is often unpredictable: one day you’ll have the heat on; the next day, the windows are open. Here are some tips to manage your energy use, bills, and comfort during…

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