Duluth-Based Minnesota Power Proposes Rate Hike In Cost-Cutting PlanMinnesota Power is proposing a rate hike for residential customers as part of a plan to cut electrical costs for struggling mining and paper companies.
ND Refuses Endorsement Of Xcel Energy's Solar ProjectsNorth Dakota utility regulators have again refused to endorse a Minneapolis-based company's plans for some solar projects in Minnesota. The Public Service Commission's action Wednesday was the second time this year that the panel shot down Xcel Energy's plans for solar projects.
May Brings Small Shift In Minnesota Unemployment Picture Minnesota's unemployment rate has barely budged in a year and has registered at 3.8 percent for May. That's within a tenth of a percent of what it was a year ago in June and a tick higher than it was in April.
North Mankato Looks To Collect Unpaid BillsCity officials in North Mankato are gearing up to collect nearly $15,500 in unpaid utility bills.
Here's How To Tune Up Your Furnace, Help The Environment & Save MoneyNow is the right time to check your furnace – for maintenance, safety and efficiency. And if you do a little web research, you’ll be surprised how much money your can save for your family.
Judge Weighs ND Challenge To Minn. Energy LawA federal judge is weighing the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that North Dakota says unfairly blocks its utilities from exporting electricity from new coal-fired power plants. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson heard arguments in the case Thursday in St. Paul.
Mpls. City Leaders Consider City-Owned UtilitiesMinneapolis city leaders are considering a major change to who provides electric and natural gas utilities. Right now, more than 180,000 customers in Minneapolis get their power from Xcel Energy and 125,000 get natural gas from CenterPoint Energy. Next week, the public will weigh in on a proposal to make those utilities city-owned.
Swanson Seeks To Limit Interim Utility Rate HikesMinnesota's attorney general is renewing a call for legislation to block utility companies from temporarily hiking their rates while they wait for state approval of permanent rate increases.
Good Question: Why Do We Have To Pay More For Using Less?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.
1,100 Minn. Utility Customers Still Without PowerXcel Energy says power has been restored to nearly all customers following Friday's fierce storms.
High Court Will Review Climate Change LawsuitIn a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions.
PSC To Hold Hearings Possible Rate IncreaseThe Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is planning to hold public hearings in Eau Claire and Madison to consider Northern States Power Company's request to raise electric rates.