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01, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) recommended today the reduction of over $191 million of the $285 million rate increase proposed by Xcel Energy for electric service in 2013, a reduction of 67 percent overall. Xcel provides electric service to over 1,227,768 customers largely in the Twin Cities and the southern half of Minnesota. The Department concluded that the recommended reductions of 67 percent will be sufficient for Xcel to provide safe, reliable service by making needed improvements to distribution, transmission and generation facilities.
29, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – All 16 of the utilities subject to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard have demonstrated compliance with the 2011 requirements and are on track to comply with 2012 goals, according to a report released this month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The report is entitled Progress on Compliance by Electric Utilities with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Objective and the Renewable Energy Standard and is prepared for the Minnesota Legislature once every two years.
15, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – New Minnesota solar electric installations in 2012 nearly tripled in capacity compared with 2011, according to figures compiled by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
17, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Taking energy efficiency seriously this holiday season can be the start of an energy- and money-saving tradition for many holidays to come. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources suggests replacing traditional incandescent decorative lights with high-efficient LED bulbs, one of many ways to conserve energy during the holidays.
27, 2012 - ST. PAUL, MN – With many predicting that Old Man Winter will return with vengeance this year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is expecting ice dams to be back in force. In preparation, the Department is urging Minnesotans to take action now to prevent ice dams and halt what can become a costly home repair issue.
09, 2012 - ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive $105,907,012 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
09, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Each year about 50,000 people visit emergency rooms in the United States for CO poisoning, and more than 500 die each year from this silent, odorless, colorless gas.
30, 2012 - (ST. PAUL, MN) Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Oct. 30, 2012 Weatherization Day in the state of Minnesota. This Proclamation was issued to recognize the successful efforts led by the Commerce Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program to improve the lives of low-income Minnesotans and boost local economies across the state.
25, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN - A long and cold winter is on our doorstep. With temperatures dropping, the Department of Commerce is providing Minnesotans with simple and inexpensive ways to save energy, save money and keep their homes safe this winter.
04, 2012 - With snow already pounding northwestern Minnesota and freezing temperatures around the corner for all Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Public Utilities Commission are encouraging low-income Minnesotans to contact their utilities to ask about Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule and to apply for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) through their local service providers