The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported that a developer is considering a lawsuit against Xcel Energy for stalling progress of community solar in Minnesota. “Stall” is generous. In fact, Xcel has obstructed the roll-out of community solar in a deliberate slow walk. It’s been 27 months since the law took effect, but the utility’s own resource plan says it expects just 1 in 7 completed community solar applications (about 40 megawatts) to reach commercial operation after another 15 months, when the 30 percent federal solar tax credit expires. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has been outplayed by the utility’s stall tactics, detailed below.
The 2016 presidential campaign offers Midwest voters and businesses an opportunity to promote local clean energy policies on a national stage that will have a positive impact our economy and environment.
Positive news out of Washington isn’t always the easiest to find, so it may be surprising to learn that a bipartisan group of federal legislators has come together to support an energy policy which could have important benefits for Wisconsin.
Minnesota’s bipartisan clean energy framework has served the state exceptionally well. To paraphrase Governor Pawlenty, Minnesota’s clean energy policy is a “win-win-win-win” — good for customers, good for the state economy, good for our air and water resources, and good for Minnesota’s energy independence.
For citizens concerned about the fate of the planet, the options for effecting change through government action seem to be narrowing. If Congress is closed, and the states are too passive, what can be done?
What makes the energy sector so exciting is the convergence of telecommunications capabilities (like the smart grid) for utilities and traditional customers to produce and market energy.
A new report released this week asserts that utility-scale solar is much more economical than small-scale solar. But there are several reasons to seriously question the mistaken assertion that big solar is better.
Michigan’s manufacturing history and economy make it a perfect candidate for renewable energy growth.
We are embarking on a new era of energy democracy and ‘We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union’ want a Just Energy Choice.
Fracking is only a temporary fix given that these resources are still finite and are not compatible with a long-term strategy to limit the effects of climate change.