Several agencies besides the Commission influence utility rates and service
The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) is responsible for representing the public interest before the Commission, conducting investigations, and enforcing Commission orders. The DOC and the Commission were one organization until they became separate agencies in 1980.
The Office of the Attorney General represents the interests of residential and small business utility customers before the Commission.
The federal government also influences utility rates and service through laws passed by Congress and regulatory agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has authority over wholesale gas and electric rates. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA), regulates utility emissions to the air, soil and water. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) controls the safety of nuclear power plants. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governs interstate telecommunications matters.
Federal Agencies and Groups