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PV Magazine: Minnesota groups back higher renewables mandate

Posted by William Driscoll on Sep 10, 2018

This PV Magazine article looks at the Minnesota energy roadmap recently released by AEE and CEEM plus engagement of both organizations in the state's gubernatorial campaign. Link to the roadmap here. Link to the full article here. Excerpts below:

Step one in an energy roadmap prepared by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) [and AEE] is a higher Renewable Energy Standard (RES), beyond the current standard of 25 percent by 2025 and at least 10 percent from solar by 2030.

The roadmap notes that “many of Minnesota’s utilities are well ahead of pace in developing renewable energy sources envisioned by the RES.” Raising the RES gives market certainty, and signals to businesses, both inside and outside of Minnesota, that our state is a smart place to invest in renewable work,” explained Gregg Mast, executive director of CEEM. A higher RES “enhances Minnesota’s attractiveness as it competes with neighboring states to secure renewable energy investment and jobs,” he said.

Beyond calling for a higher renewables standard, CEEM and its clean energy firm members also make the following solar-related recommendations:

  • “Continue to support Minnesota’s nation-leading community solar program;”
  • Institute new rate designs with “actionable price signals;”
  • Provide “additional options for large commercial, industrial, and institutional energy customers to access renewable energy;” and
  • Promote storage with “a framework for integrating storage onto the grid, … a marketplace that monetizes the benefits of energy storage, … and an energy storage procurement target.”

During the primary season CEEM members met with two candidates for governor of Michigan.  CEEM has now invited the major party candidates for governor—Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrat Tim Walz—to meet to discuss the plan, and is working to find dates that work for the respective campaigns...

...AEE has partnered with similar state-level clean energy groups in eight other states, to discuss energy goals with candidates for governor, and to date “has held 22 roundtables across California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio,” said J. R. Tolbert, AEE’s Vice President for State Policy.

Link to the full PVM article here.

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