Science Museum

Science Museum, St. Paul

Minnesota pays an average of 10.96 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity (half-cent below the national average of 11.43 cents/kwh).

Minnesota’s Renewable Portfolio Standard sets different goals for Xcel (the state’s largest electric company) and all other utilities. Xcel is required to generate 30% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020. The current minimum is 18%. That will increase to 25% at the end of 2016 before reaching the final 30% mark at the end of 2020. All other Minnesota utilities are required to produce 25% of energy from renewable sources by 2025. The current minimum is 12%. That figure rises to 17% in 2016, and 20% in 2020 before making the final jump to 25% by December 31, 2025.

 

Resources

Net Metering | Institute for Local Self-reliance

Provides information and resources about Minnesota’s net-metering rules including theMinnesota Net Metering Law MN Statutes 2000 §216B.164.

 

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates three cornerstone service industries in Minnesota’s economy, i.e., electricity, natural gas and telephone.

 

216B.1691 RENEWABLE ENERGY OBJECTIVES, 2011 Minnesota Statutes | Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes

Statute outlines the terms of Minnesota’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

 

MN PACE

Website developed by Eutectics Consulting outlining the latest developments in PACE financing in Minnesota.

 

Interconnection | Interstate Renewable Energy Council

IREC has led the effort to improve interconnection procedures in states across the country.  The IREC Model Interconnection Procedures (updated 2013), along with Freeing the Grid provide state policy makers with a clear baseline to measure the minimum adequacy of their procedures.

 

Minnesota Solar Challenge | Minnesota Department of Commerce

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER) was awarded more than $263 ,000 to help make solar installation faster and less expensive for small businesses and homeowners. Although the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis have implemented solar programs, the state lacks uniformity across jurisdictions in the permitting, zoning, metering, and connection process that the SunShot Initiative will seek to standardize as well. Once the policies and procedures are in place, the Department of Commerce will move forward, implementing Phase II to share best practices in the three identified areas and offer technical assistance.

The SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge is one tool used by DOE to achieve its goal of making solar energy cost competitive without subsidies by 2020.  Twenty-two recipients around the nation received a share of the $12 million dollars to make solar more accessible and affordable.  Currently, permitting, installation, design and maintenance make up 40 percent of the cost of rooftop solar systems.

 

Local Solar Authorities

A list of local solar organizations working on solar policy issues.