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WITH YOU EVERY DAY

Wherever you are in Minnesota, the Department of Commerce is with you every day. Whether you’re filling up on gas, purchasing a home, working to reduce energy consumption or rebuilding after a disaster—we are with you, no matter what.

Energy advocates on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversees utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Financial Institutions ensures the stability and security of Minnesota’s financial institutions, we license, supervise and examine state banks, trust companies, credit unions, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and other financial service companies. The Commerce Fraud Bureau is a law enforcement agency comprised of fifteen licensed peace officers, two senior analysts, two case analysts, and one administrative analyst. Insurance evaluates products to ensure that all legal requirements are met and Minnesotans are charged fair rates. We also monitor the financial solvency of insurance companies so Minnesotans can trust that money will be available to pay claims.

 Telecommunications protects consumers and advocate for the public interest on telecommunications matters in front of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. We also provide services and specialized equipment so Minnesotans with hearing, speech or physical disabilities are able to access phone services. Weights & Measures ensures accuracy and equity in Minnesota’s marketplace. From gas pumps to grain elevators to grocery scales, we check the accuracy of all commercial weight and measuring equipment in the state, as well as the quality of gasoline and other fuel products.

Our Mission

To protect the public interest, advocate for Minnesota consumers, ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthen the state’s economic future; and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses.

Commerce Services

The Minnesota Commerce Department oversees more than 20 regulated industries, ensuring that Minnesota businesses are strong and Minnesota consumers are protected.

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Our Success Stories

The Department of Commerce strives to help Minnesotans live prosperously and resiliently. These stories highlight Minnesotans who have worked with Commerce to help make our state a great place to live. These are Minnesotans who have alerted us to fraud, implemented energy efficiency measures, avoided scams and rebuilt after natural disasters.

Minnesota Department of Commerce fines California company for mailing fraudulent letters to elderly Minnesotans

Minnesota Department of Commerce fines California company for mailing fraudulent letters to elderly Minnesotans

Older adults are primary targets for scam artists. Whether by phone, email or mail, skilled scammers rely on the vulnerability of seniors and exploit their trust. But sometimes, it only takes one concerned citizen asking a question to make things right.

Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau investigates fraudulent coin dealer operating out of Burnsville, Minnesota

Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau investigates fraudulent coin dealer operating out of Burnsville, Minnesota

Barry Ron Skog, 68, was a coin dealer operating out of Burnsville, Minnesota. Skog operated a mail-order business called Burnsville Coin Company, through which he sold counterfeit coins by falsely advertising them as genuine pieces worth hundreds of dollars.

Fond du Lac Band member combines solar power and weatherization

Fond du Lac Band member combines solar power and weatherization

Daniel Stover said it used to take three to four 500-gallon propane tanks each year to heat his home on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. But after receiving weatherization assistance in 2007 and a solar air heat system in 2009, his home’s fuel consumption decreased by more than 50 percent.

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