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A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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  • Commerce Department offers 10 basic no-cost or low-cost ways to stay cool, save energy, reduce emissions
    July 07, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN — As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.
  • Commerce Commissioner orders Legal Helpers to pay $187,500 in restitution to Minnesota consumers
    June 30, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce consent order signed recently requires Chicago-based Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC (LHDR) and its subsidiaries to pay Minnesota consumers $187,500 in restitution for unauthorized and unregistered debt settlement in Minnesota.
  • Department of Commerce orders auto-dialing, unlicensed insurance-selling company to pay $191,185 civil penalty
    June 25, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently ordered Variable Marketing LLC, which does business under the name Instant Insurance Marketing to pay a $191,185 civil penalty for making numerous fraudulent and unlicensed solicitations to Minnesota consumers.
  • Commerce Department reminds real estate professionals and collection agencies to renew licenses, and bullion coin dealers to register by June 30
    June 23, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – It’s that time of year again! The Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding real estate professionals and debt collectors with a license expiration date of June 30, 2014 to set some time aside and submit their renewal by June 30, 2014, 4:30 p.m. CST.
  • Department of Commerce offers assistance and information for a storm damage claim
    June 19, 2014 - For more than a week, Minnesota has experienced significant precipitation throughout the state, causing flooding and damage. The severe weather is expected to continue through June 20th and could include damaging hail and wind. The Department of Commerce reminds consumers to review their auto and homeowners policy, contact their insurance agent and document property damage.
  • Five Tips for Saving Energy at Home When You’re Away on Summer Vacation
    June 18, 2014 - Are you planning an extended summer vacation—one week, two weeks, or more? Before leaving town, there are several simple steps you can take to save energy in your home—and save money.
  • Commerce Commissioner Hits the Road as Call-to-Action to Raise Awareness about Senior Financial Abuse
    June 13, 2014 - As part of the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s ongoing state-wide outreach effort to protect senior citizens from financial fraud and abuse, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will spend today at Rochester Community Technical College to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) by teaching the class “Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing for Vulnerability to Financial Exploitation.” Today’s presentation marks the fifteenth event in a statewide push to teach communities how to spot and report fraud and financial abuse within the elderly and vulnerable adult populations. WEAAD is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to come together as a call-to-action to raise awareness about senior financial abuse.
  • Minnesota Commerce Department Settles with Fourth Oil Company to Return Money Back to the State
    June 09, 2014 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today finalized the fourth settlement agreement as part of an investigation of improper insurance claims made by oil companies to clean up contaminated sites. The $100,000 settlement with Sunoco and the previous settlements Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips total $7.525 million to be returned to Minnesota’s Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund (Petrofund).
  • Commerce Department Recommends Xcel Trim Rate Request by 60 Percent
    June 05, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources recommended today that the $291 million rate increase proposed by Xcel Energy for electric service in 2014 and 2015 be reduced by over $174 million or 60 percent overall. Xcel provides electric service to over 1,240,926 customers, located largely in the Twin Cities and the southern half of Minnesota. After an extensive review of Xcel’s proposed rate increase, Commerce concluded that Xcel would still be able to provide safe, reliable service by making needed improvements to distribution, transmission and generation facilities at the pared-down rate increase level.
  • Energy Information Center: A Trusted Source to Answer your Energy Questions
    June 02, 2014 - Do you need guidance on a new energy efficiency project—an AC/furnace system, attic insulation, new windows and doors? Are you looking for ways to finance a renewable energy system? Not sure where to start on saving energy and reducing your utility bills?
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