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Xcel Energy reduces Minn. rate hike request

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Xcel Energy has reduced its proposed Minnesota electric rate increase.

The Minneapolis-based utility said Monday it lowered its proposed rate increase to 8.2%. Xcel proposed a rate hike of 10.7% in November.

Xcel Energy cites changed circumstances since its original request. The revised proposals reduce the utility's requested rate increase to about $220 million, down from $285 million.

Minnesota officials had urged state regulators to slash Xcel Energy's original request, citing "rate shock" among customers. The state Commerce Department recommended a smaller rate hike of about 3% to 4%.

Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company, says the revised request allows the utility to make upgrades while reducing the size of the requested increase for customers.

 

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