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Minnesota Power reaches electric rate settlement with state agencies and large power customers

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc (NYSE: ALE), has reached a settlement agreement on its 2024 electric rate proposal with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and Large Power Intervenors.

If approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the agreement would set final rate increases of about 4.9% for residential and small business customers and about 4.4% for industrial and large commercial customers. It also would set Minnesota Power’s return on equity at 9.78% and allow cost recovery outside a rate case for certain environmental costs and capacity purchases.

The MPUC approved an interim rate increase of 8.6%, or about $8 per month for the average residential customer over 2023 rates, that went into effect January 1, 2024. The difference between the interim rate and final rate, which is about a $5 per month increase for the average residential customer over 2023 rates, will be refunded to customers, with interest, through bill credits after the final rates are approved.

“I’m grateful for the hard work on this by all of the parties, who agreed that this settlement is the right path forward for everyone,” said ALLETE Chair, President and CEO Bethany Owen. “This agreement recognizes the importance of considering the needs of our customers and communities. Taken as a whole, it results in a lower rate increase for customers than we originally requested while also allowing Minnesota Power to make the investments and hire the workforce needed to ensure we can meet the state’s ambitious climate goals.”

The MPUC will continue its statutory rate review process while the settlement agreement is in place. An administrative law judge will hold public hearings on the rate proposals in May, and the MPUC will consider approval of the agreement’s proposed rate increases later in 2024. More information on the rate proposals is at

Minnesota Power filed its rate proposal in November 2023 to support the goals of its EnergyForward strategy: Transitioning to new sources of renewable energy, building more resiliency into the electric grid to continue to ensure year-round reliability, employing the workforce necessary to achieve a clean-energy transition, addressing inflation and supply chain issues, and providing a fair return on investment to attract capital for continued investments in the clean-energy future.

“We appreciate the willingness of our regulatory agencies and large power customers to work collaboratively to reach a mutually beneficial settlement agreement and find common ground for setting new rates for the electric utility,” said Jennifer Cady, Minnesota Power vice president of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs. “This commitment to outreach, collaboration and communication will only become more important as we continue to execute this historic clean-energy transition.”

Minnesota Power provides electric service within a 26,000-square-mile area in northeastern Minnesota, supporting comfort, security and quality of life for 150,000 customers, 14 municipalities and some of the largest industrial customers in the United States.


The Duluth Preservation Alliance will award over a dozen property owners for preserving and maintaining their historic homes, buildings, and structures at the 2024 Preservation Awards and Centennial Home Celebration on May 16.

The annual awards ceremony was established over four decades ago to highlight the hard work and passion people put into their properties to preserve its historical character. This year, 10 properties will receive Centennial Awards and many property owners will receive preservation awards for their restoration projects.

“The Duluth Preservation Alliance takes a lot of pride in recognizing those whose dedication to preservation is unwavering,” said DPA President Blake Romenesko. “Preservation is not easy, and an award like this is a symbolic gesture for their efforts. That said, anyone who has uncovered an old pocket door, stripped paint off of wooden beams and crown moldings or painstakingly refinished old windows or repaired plastered walls, knows that the true reward comes from a connection to those artisans and craftsmen of our past. We extend our sincere gratitude and congratulations to all of our award recipients this year and look forward to continuing to work together, as a community, to protect and celebrate the historic treasures of Duluth."