Minnesota Rate Review
In November 2020 we filed a request to increase rates with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The filing starts an approximately 18-month process, often referred to as a rate case, during which the PUC:
- Reviews the costs we incur to provide customers with energy and related services.
- Determines the appropriate prices for using those services.
We’re creating a cleaner energy future while keeping the prices our customers pay among the lowest in the nation. Making this request now benefits our customers by better preparing us for long-term success in providing safe, reliable, low-cost electricity.
The Merricourt Wind Energy Center, a 150-MW wind generation facility in southeast North Dakota, and Astoria Station, a 245-MW simple-cycle natural gas combustion turbine in east central South Dakota, are part of our plan to meet customers’ future energy and capacity needs, replace expiring power purchase agreements, and prepare for the 2021 retirement of our 1950s-era coal-fired Hoot Lake Plant. Astoria Station complements our wind resources by providing a low-emission option when the wind isn’t blowing. Backing wind with natural gas captures the low-cost energy made possible by the current market for wind generation while helping to ensure sufficient reliability from resources we can ramp up quickly during periods of high energy demand.
Our recently implemented Customer Information System allows customers more access and options related to their energy use and our services, enabling them to get more for their energy dollar.
The PUC established our current rates in 2017 based on 2016 costs.