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%
- 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.
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.
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
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
Previous Coverage of AARP Utility Work:
- Mankato Free Press: Public to Weigh In on Xcel Case on Monday
- Public News Service: Xcel’s Rate Request Doesn’t Add Up
- Star Tribune: AARP Vows to Fight CenterPoint Rate Hike
- Star Tribune: CenterPoint Lauds its Natural Gas Pricing Plan
- Public News Service: Deadline Looms to Weigh In on CenterPoint Rate Case