Xcel Has Room for Renewable Generation on its Minnesota Grid. So Where Is It?

Determining exactly how much local renewable generation can reach Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota hinges in part on how many of these projects the existing grid can accommodate. To that end, the state’s Public Utilities Commission compelled the utility last year to report on more than 1,000 “feeders” delivering electricity to homes and businesses across its Twin Cities service territory.

Residential Subscribers in Focus as Minnesota Weighs Community Solar Incentives

In its filing on providing community solar incentives for residential subscribers, the Department outlined a loose framework for the “adder,” designed to encourage community solar developers to pursue projects accessible that target residential subscribers.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of April 17, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Farmers are getting in on the solar energy craze, Alabama lags the rest of the states in the Southeast on solar, and Minnesota moves forward in their role as a clean energy leader in the country.

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San Diego sets vision, vets options for 100% renewables by John Farrell, CleanTechnica

Commentary: Mull Xcel Energy’s Partnership Offer Carefully, Boulder

Boulder Daily Camera – April 12, 2017

By John Farrell

Municipalization comes with many challenges, but I have a few words of advice for Boulder’s city leaders about their utility’s latest offer.

The New 1,600 MW Solar Program for Massachusetts Really is SMART

With nearly 1500 megawatts, Massachusetts has the seventh-greatest solar energy capacity in the country, enough to power a quarter-million homes. It has the second-most solar jobs, with over 14,500. Already in a leading position, Massachusetts in January developed a new incentive program to double its solar capacity to over 3 gigawatts.

Video: Transitioning Co-ops Away From Coal

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Getting the Price Right for Local Wind and Solar

A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls.

Energy Democracy Media Roundup – week of April 3, 2017

This week in Energy Democracy news:

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton vetoes legislation that would have removed oversight for rural cooperatives, saving rural solar, plus a story of how Floridians defeated the controversial solar amendment during last year’s election.

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How solar advocates defeated a controversial amendment by Eileen Mignoni, Yale Climate Connections Blog

Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push for Less Oversight

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth.