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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…

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 is leading effort to develop long-term system planning for Minnesota’s gas utilities

Published November 1, 2023 In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri caused natural gas prices to spike across the country. Over a five-day period, Minnesota’s four largest gas utilities incurred approximately $660 million in extraordinary costs serving their Minnesota customers. Most of those costs continue to be recovered today through surcharges added to Minnesotans’ bills. Thankfully,…

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….

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…

Xcel gas customers to see rate refunds

Published April 6, 2023 On March 23, 2023, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission accepted a settlement that increased rates for Xcel Energy’s natural gas customers. The agreement was negotiated by the company, the Department of Commerce, the Office of the Attorney General, the Suburban Rate Authority, and a group of clean energy organizations (Fresh Energy…

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