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Comment open on rate rise

Minnesota Power seeks to increase electric rates by more than 18 percent, adding approximately $180 per year in electricity bills for the average household. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission holds ultimate authority in determining rates, and now requests input from the public on Minnesota Power’s proposal.

The nonprofit Citizens Utility Board, the MN Department of Commerce, the Office of the Attorney General and others are pushing back on Minnesota Power’s proposal in a proceeding currently before an Administrative Law Judge.

“This was an unreasonable rate increase even before inflatio...