Hearings set on Minnesota Power’s requested rate increase

DULUTH — People who could be charged higher rates by a power company with a heavy presence in northern Minnesota are getting their chance to sound off.

An administrative law judge will hold four public hearings beginning Tuesday on the rate request by Minnesota Power.

The company is seeking approval for $45 million in additional electricity rates. The final determination rests with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

The proposed rate hike has attracted some powerful opposition in Attorney General Lori Swanson. She is taking issue with the need for the increase and the portion that would be paid by household customers.

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