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Should cost of electricity include Rod Stewart tickets?

The Pioneer Press reports that Xcel Energy is at odds with Minnesota regulators over whether it can make rate-payers pick up the tab for some extravagant corporate expenses — from spa retreats to Rod Stewart concert tickets.

Xcel Energy was slapped on the wrist by Colorado regulators last week after it tried to pass along the cost of bagels, doughnuts and other employee treats to rate-payers in that state.

Today, the Pioneer Press reports that the utility is at odds with Minnesota regulators over more extravagant expenses — from spa retreats to Rod Stewart concert tickets.

The state’s attorney general’s office objected to several expenses included in a $156 million electricity rate hike request filed by Xcel Energy last fall, the paper reports.

The disputed expenses make up about $3.9 million of the Minnesota rate case, and oral arguments before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission are scheduled for Sept. 24.