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Federal & State Regulators

Utility regulation reaches beyond the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Regulators at the state and federal level affect utility rates, services and facilities locations.

Utility Regulators

Federal Agencies

Department of Energy 
Sets policy and collects statistics on national energy matters 

Environmental Protection Agency 
Establishes and enforces environmental protection standards 

Federal Communications Commission 
Regulates telecommunications, radio, television, cable 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
Regulates electricity transmission and natural gas pipelines 

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners 
Provides links to other state commissions 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
Regulates operation of nuclear power plants

State Agencies

Attorney General's Office 
Advocates and enforces consumer rights and protections 

Department of Commerce 
Proposes policies, enforces Commission orders, provides Commission-related documents 

Department of Natural Resources
Manages natural lands, waters and fish and wildlife. Reviews energy facilities proposals for possible natural resource impacts.

Office of Administrative Hearings 
Conducts contested case hearings 

Pollution Control Agency 
Monitors environmental quality, enforces environmental regulations 

Revisor of Statutes 
The Office of the Revisor of Statutes is a legislative office that provides services to members of both houses of the legislature as well as all constitutional offices and all state agencies and departments.

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