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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…

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…

Xcel’s 2023 year-end earnings call shows Xcel continues to do well “despite” Minnesota rate case decision

Published January 26, 2024 On January 25, Xcel Energy, Inc. (the parent company of Northern States Power Company, Minnesota’s largest electric utility) held its 2023 year-end earnings call. The purpose of this call was to inform Xcel shareholders and investors of its recent financial performance and how Xcel’s corporate officers expect that performance to look…

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 calls for moratorium on CenterPoint’s wintertime disconnections

Published January 2, 2024 CUB and the Energy CENTS Coalition (ECC) recently recommended that CenterPoint Energy be prohibited from disconnecting customers during the winter. This decision was not made lightly. We reviewed numerous utility filings, compiled data on disconnection trends, and uncovered several questionable policies and practices engaged in by utilities. We detailed our concerns…

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,…

PUC approves MERC’s natural gas rate case settlement

Published October 27, 2023 On October 26, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted a settlement agreement that limited rate increases for customers of Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC). Under the settlement, the company lowered its request to raise rates from approximately $32.7 million to $21.2 million, a more than $11.5 million reduction. As a result, the residential rate…

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