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Minnesota consumers will pay $600M in extra costs from February 2021 storm

State utility regulators disallowed about 9% of costs, faulting their responses


August 12, 2022


Workers were updating CenterPoint Energy natural gas lines in Minneapolis.

Minnesota utility regulators Thursday faulted the state's gas providers for their response to a February 2021 storm, prohibiting them from passing down nearly $60 million in costs to consumers.

The decision still means about $600 million of wholesale gas costs can be passed onto consumers, who already have started to pay those amounts through a special surcharge.

The decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reject about 9% of the costs fell far short of a recommendation by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which represents ratepayers, and utility watchdog groups.


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