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Parties reach settlement limiting Xcel Gas rate increase 

Published July 2, 2024 In November 2023, Xcel filed a natural gas rate case in Minnesota, seeking to raise gas revenues by approximately $59 million, representing an average rate increase of 9.6 percent, and a 10.3 percent rate increase for residential customers.  Since then, parties to the rate case, including CUB, have intervened to analyze and…

Public Utilities Commission approves Open Data Access Standards

Published June 18, 2024 CUB is happy to announce that the PUC granted final approval to implement Open Data Access Standards by making anonymized data available to qualifying entities. Now that the Standards are fully implemented, energy researchers will be able to more effectively analyze utility data and contribute valuable insights into how energy systems…

BlackRock, Canadian Pension Plan to co-own Minnesota Power – is that a good thing? 

Published June 12, 2024 On May 6, 2024, ALLETE, Inc. (the company that owns Minnesota Power), issued a press release announcing its plan to be acquired by two large, private investors: the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”) and Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”). Meanwhile, GIP is in the process of being acquired by BlackRock, the world’s largest…

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…

CUB fights Xcel’s attempts to raise natural gas rates 

Published April 23, 2024 In November 2023, Xcel filed a natural gas rate case in Minnesota, seeking to raise gas revenues by approximately $59 million, or 9.6 percent. If approved, this most recent request would cause residential customers’ gas bills to increase by $6.93 monthly, or $83.16 annually. A portion of this increase has already…

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…

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