Public Utilities Commission
The annual arrival of a fat phone book on Minnesota doorsteps may soon be a thing of the past. The state Public Utilities Commission has proposed letting companies deliver residential phone directories electronically, sending customers a phone book only if they ask for one. The commission has already granted a few phone companies the ability to do that in recent years, and other states have done the same.
A battle is underway over plans to build a 300-mile crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota’s lakes region. Public hearings are being held this week to consider the pros and cons of bringing more crude oil from North Dakota oil fields via an underground pipeline to a terminal in Superior, Wis.
The public has a chance to weigh in this week on a proposed pipeline that would increase the amount of oil flowing across Minnesota by 225,000 barrels a day.
An administrative law judge recommends that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy’s Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
Following a hearing Tuesday night in Hallock, the Public Utilities Commission has hearings set for Wednesday in Thief River Falls and Cass Lake, and Thursday in Floodwood and Duluth.
Environmentalists hope to nudge regulators toward taking a harder look at the future of Minnesota’s largest coal-fired power plant. The Public Utilities Commission will hear arguments Thursday about Xcel Energy’s long-term planning process for its future power needs.
Minnesota regulators have told Great River Energy to rethink its dependence on burning coal to generate electricity. The unusual decision by the Public Utilities Commission has no immediate impact on the power supplier.
For most businesses, supply and demand rules the day. But utilities like Xcel Energy encourage their customers to conserve. Then when energy use is down, they ask the Public Utilities Commission for a rate increase.
Gov. Mark Dayton has picked an administrative law judge to head the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, a post left vacant when the Republican-controlled Senate rejected his original choice.
The Minnesota Senate has voted to reject Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to lead the state commission that regulates public utilities.
A leading Senate Republican says she expects the full Senate to reject Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to lead the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
It’s been in the works for little more than one heating season but a controversial natural gas pricing program is already being suspended.
A key Senate panel declined to recommend Gov. Mark Dayton’s pick to head the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, in the first signal that the Republican-led Senate could reject a member of the Democratic governor’s cabinet.
St. Paul Democrats are picking between three candidates for Minnesota Senate in a special primary election on Tuesday.