Hibbing Daily Tribune
Julis Van Susternen
Last Monday, a bill was introduced before the House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy which would seek to have energy-intensive industries, such as mining and manufacturing industries, to be able to negotiate the rates they pay for power to be more competitive.
Many industries pertinent to the Iron Range are known as “energy-intensive trade-exposed customers,” which implies that such businesses would be eligible for certain exemptions because of the nature of their service.
David Lislegard, Aurora city councilor and Jobs for Minnesotans advocate, said the bill allows for energy-intensive industries in the Iron Range to remain competitive, thus protecting the business from financial losses that could potentially lead to job cuts.