Minnesota regulators have approved an electric rate increase that's less than half of what Xcel Energy originally sought. On a 4-0 vote, the state Utilities Commission Thursday approved a 2.7% rate increase for Xcel Energy's electricity customers in Minnesota.
Xcel Energy is making some safety upgrades to it's two nuclear power plants in Monticello and Prairie Island. Director of Nuclear Regulatory Policy Terry Pickens says they're bringing in new portable equipment.
The state rule that prevents utility companies from turning off the heat to people who get behind on their bills resumes on Saturday. It's called the cold weather rule and it applies from Oct. 15 to April 15.
Xcel Energy wants to put up a new $10 million power line in Sauk Rapids. A public hearing on the project has been scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 6:30 p.m. at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School.