05, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources recommended today that the $291 million rate increase proposed by Xcel Energy for electric service in 2014 and 2015 be reduced by over $174 million or 60 percent overall. Xcel provides electric service to over 1,240,926 customers, located largely in the Twin Cities and the southern half of Minnesota. After an extensive review of Xcel’s proposed rate increase, Commerce concluded that Xcel would still be able to provide safe, reliable service by making needed improvements to distribution, transmission and generation facilities at the pared-down rate increase level.
02, 2014 - Do you need guidance on a new energy efficiency project—an AC/furnace system, attic insulation, new windows and doors? Are you looking for ways to finance a renewable energy system? Not sure where to start on saving energy and reducing your utility bills?
16, 2014 - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2 – 8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.
15, 2014 - In the market for a new clothes washer? More consumers are looking to ENERGY STAR® -certified clothes washers in order to use less energy and water, save money on utility bills, and help protect our environment.
02, 2014 - Older dishwashers use more water and electricity than newer, ENERGY STAR® models. To get started on the right track, when shopping for a new dishwasher, always look for the ENERGY STAR label.
25, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce is declaring that the 44th-annual Earth Day is a call to action for Minnesota communities and residents to rekindle their passion for a cleaner environment.
17, 2014 - The long heating season is still with us, but it’s not too early to plan for the cooling season. Make proper maintenance of your air conditioning (AC) system part of your spring cleaning agenda, it will improve the AC safety and performance, reduce energy use and electric costs, and prolong the life of your system.
10, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Although, the sun is shining and Minnesota’s temperatures are the warmest in six months, the Minnesota Department is reminding consumers that chilly evenings and the need for heat remains. The Cold Weather Rule, administered by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), ends on April 15, next Tuesday. The PUC and the Commerce Department remind consumers to act now by applying for heating assistance.
01, 2014 - Before embarking on home energy improvements or remodeling, especially major projects, the Minnesota Department of Commerce strongly recommends having an advanced home energy assessment.
21, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota have issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics. Both Commerce and the BBB have received numerous reports of salespeople pitching the radiant barrier product at free dinners throughout Minnesota.