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General Interest News

A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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  • Minnesota solar electric installations achieve strong growth
    January 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.
  • Commissioner Rothman Offers Tips for Holiday Motorists
    December 20, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – This holiday season, millions of Americans will pile into their vehicles and travel considerable distances to visit family and friends. With recent weather projections predicting snow the next few weeks, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has issued a consumer alert, providing tips to help consumers stay safe and insured on Minnesota roads this winter.
  • ‘Tis the season to practice energy efficiency
    December 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.
  • Nationwide Insurance security breach estimated to affect 98,191 Minnesota households
    December 14, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – As the Nationwide data breach reaches approximately 1.1 million affected consumers across the country including 98,191 Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans the need to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.
  • Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announces addition to leadership team
    December 13, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced an addition to the Minnesota Department of Commerce leadership team. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Leppink as Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement for the Commerce Department,” said Commissioner Mike Rothman. “With her strong commitment to public service, having served in leadership positions at both the state and federal levels, Nancy will lead our enforcement staff to protect consumers and ensure fairness in Minnesota's regulated markets.”
  • Commerce Department Opens Investigation into Long Distance Service Fees and Surcharges
    December 13, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Monthly or per-minute rates? Minnesota consumers shopping for long-distance providers often base their decision on the advertised monthly or per-minute rate to get the best deal for their budget. Many consumers are not aware of discretionary surcharges that could be added to their monthly bills. These fees can exceed two dollars a month per customer, and since the fees are not incorporated into the basic service rate, customers may be misled and competing long distance providers may be at a disadvantage.
  • Governor’s Task Force on Broadband releases Annual Report and Broadband Plan
    December 12, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – After twelve months of statewide meetings to gather information on the best practices and action steps Minnesota can take toward achieving border-to-border broadband access, the Broadband Task Force has issued its Annual Report and Broadband Plan for Governor Dayton’s consideration.
  • Commissioner Mike Rothman to advocate for Minnesota investors on the national stage
    December 05, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has been appointed to the Federal Legislation Committee of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). This position will provide Commissioner Rothman the opportunity to weigh in on NASAA’S national pro-investor legislative agenda.
  • The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds travelers to explore travel insurance options when planning holiday vacations
    December 04, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – 91.1 million Americans plan to travel this holiday season. Those who plan to travel via plane will be presented with the option to buy travel insurance upon the purchase of their airfare. Many consumers do not know whether travel insurance fits their budget or their travel needs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges travelers to understand what travel insurance is, what it actually covers, and what conditions to watch out for.
  • Commerce Department warns Minnesotans as ice dam season approaches
    November 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.
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