Have Your Say on Utility Increases

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Right now, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering a request by Xcel Energy to increase the electric bills of around 1 million consumers by 12.5%

MN -- Xcel ActionThe Facts of the Request:

  • This is the 6th rate increase filed since 2005 by Xcel. If approved, around 1 million Xcel customers will have had their utility bill increased 7 times in a 10 year span.
  • Xcel’s proposal is a two-year rate increase that would increase the average residential electric bill by $123.48 per year by 2016.
  • Xcel customers are being asked to pay more – even when they use less energy.
  • Minnesotans aged 65 and older are among typically use less energy.
  • While residential customers will be charged 12.5% more, large corporations will only see a 9.2% increase.

 

Send a Message to the PUC

Luckily, consumers don’t have to just sit back and take it. Unlike many states, Minnesota has a strong PUC that truly listens to the concerns of consumers.  This summer, AARP is working hard to help consumers raise their voices before Xcel raises our rates. Without the consumer voice, it will be more difficult to stop these unfair and unreasonable rate hike. The more people  who speak up, the better chance consumers have.

Take a minute right now and make sure the PUC hears from you – send your letter today!                                

 

Or attend one of the following public hearings in June:

Monday June 23rd

1:00 pm — Minneapolis       

Earle Brown Heritage Center

6155 Earle Brown Dr., Minneapolis

 

7:00 pm — Minneapolis

Sabathani Center

310 East 38th St., Minneapolis

 

Tuesday June 24th

1:00 pm – St. Paul

West Minnehaha Rec Center

685 West Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul

 

7:00 pm — Woodbury

Woodbury Central Park

8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury

 

Wednesday June 25th

7:00 pm — Mankato

Mankato Civic Center

1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato

 

Thursday June 26th

7:00 pm – Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie City Center

8080 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie

 

Friday June 27th

1:00 pm – St. Cloud

Lake George Municipal Complex

1101 7th St. South, St. Cloud

 

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