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

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  • Department of Commerce – Minnesota on track to meet state’s Renewable Energy Standard requirements
    January 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.
  • Businessman wrecks Lamborghini, city park, faces insurance fraud charge
    January 25, 2013 - David Norman Juntunen, 40, of Minneapolis was arrested Wednesday following a 10-month investigation by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minneapolis Park Police. Juntunen is the owner of Top Gear Autoworks in Minneapolis, which repairs and stores high-end luxury and sports cars. Pamela Jean Dupont, 41, of Minneapolis was also charged with insurance fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
  • 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.
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