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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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  • 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?
  • Commerce Commissioner Reaches Settlement with Transamerica and MetLife
    May 27, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman signed Regulatory Settlement Agreements with Transamerica and MetLife that require both insurance companies to pay Minnesota beneficiaries their rightful proceeds from life insurance policies, annuity contracts and retained asset accounts.
  • New Consumer Protections Will Help Minnesotans Who Rely on Propane to Heat Their Homes
    May 16, 2014 - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2 – 8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.
  • Time for a New Washer? Look for an ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer to Save Energy, Water
    May 15, 2014 - In the market for a new clothes washer? More consumers are looking to ENERGY STAR® -certified clothes washers in order to use less energy and water, save money on utility bills, and help protect our environment.
  • Need a reason to replace your old dishwasher – Minnesota Energy Tips has the information to help consumers clean up
    May 02, 2014 - Older dishwashers use more water and electricity than newer, ENERGY STAR® models. To get started on the right track, when shopping for a new dishwasher, always look for the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Commerce Department Offers Tips for Minnesotans Interested in New Ride-Sharing Services
    May 02, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Cars with pink mustaches and new ride-share phone apps are sparking interest in the Twin Cities, as well as other cities across the country. Before hitting the road, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is offering the following consumer information to drivers and customers to explain potential insurance issues for Minnesotans interested in participating in ridesharing or transportation networking company (TNC) services.
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