Category Archives: Energy & Public Utilities

Flaherty & Hood Protects Tax Bases of Host Cities

Under the direction of Flaherty & Hood lobbyist Amanda Duerr, two measures were passed into law that will benefit cities that host power plants.  The firm represents the Coalition of Utility Cities (CUC), an organization of seven host communities in more »

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Massive Alliant Energy rate increase successfully reduced

Over the last year, Attorneys Joe Sullivan and Steve Nyhus represented the City of Albert Lea in its challenge to Alliant Energy’s massive electric rate increase. Continue reading

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Nuclear waste amendment successfully added to nuclear moratorium bill

Senior attorney/lobbyist Joe Sullivan, working closely with freshman Sen. John Howe (R-Red Wing), secured an amendment to S.F. 4 (Koch) that ensures the costs for long-term nuclear waste storage will be accounted for if the state’s nuclear power moratorium is repealed. Continue reading

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Albert Lea’s opposition to excessive rate hike draws public support, makes news

On behalf of the City of Albert Lea, Flaherty & Hood recently reached out to area residents and businesses to ensure high attendance and vocal opposition to Alliant Energy’s proposed 22 percent electric rate increase at a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) public hearing (to read more about the rate hike issue, click here). Continue reading

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City of Red Wing to continue pursuing solution to nuclear waste issue

During the 2011 legislative session, the City of Red Wing and Flaherty & Hood will continue an initiative launched in 2010 that aims to find a legislative solution to the city’s long-term nuclear waste storage. Continue reading

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City of Albert Lea challenging exorbitant electric rate hikes

The City of Albert Lea has hired Flaherty & Hood to challenge Alliant Energy’s (also known as Interstate Power and Light) recently proposed 22 percent Minnesota electric rate increase. Continue reading

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PACE loan program equips cities with tools to finance clean energy improvements

A jobs bill (H.F. 2695) recently enacted by the Minnesota legislature and signed by the governor offers cities and other local governments a unique opportunity to help citizens make their homes and businesses more energy efficient, and at the same time, encourage small scale renewable energy. Continue reading

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