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Property rights protected by Minnesota regulators

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Today, Minnesota regulators ruled in favor of consumers and their property rights when it comes to generating their own solar power. The issue at hand was a customer complaint brought to the Public Utilities Commission after the customer felt he was denied his rights to be compensated for generating his own energy under Minnesota law. The customer’s utility – Minnesota Valley Light and Power Association in Montevideo – had attempted to pay nothing for a significant amount of electricity and other system benefits his solar system would provide back to the grid.

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Fresh Energy Welcomes Senior Policy Associate Andrew Twite

Andrew Twite

Andrew joined Fresh Energy in October 2016 as a senior policy associate on the energy markets team. In this role, he will advance Fresh Energy’s policy work toward a modern electric grid, rate designs that drive progress, and expansion and integration of electric vehicles.

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MN regulators adopt first of its kind value of solar rate

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Today, Minnesota regulators adopted a value of solar rate for Xcel Energy’s community solar program – consistent with detailed recommendations made by Fresh Energy. The decision comes after more than a year of work by nonprofits, utilities, solar businesses, and regulators to shape the next phase of Xcel Energy’s community solar program. Though there has been tremendous interest in community solar in Minnesota so far, progress on the solar gardens themselves had been slow. However, we now expect 400 – 450 MW of community solar projects in service by the end of 2017. Today’s decision will apply to the next phase of community solar projects.

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Regulators approve Minnesota Power’s utility controlled community solar program

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Last week, Minnesota regulators approved a utility controlled community solar program for Minnesota Power, creating new options for utility customers and taking steps to grow the solar market in Northern Minnesota communities. While the program falls short of what Fresh Energy recommended, our coordinated efforts with other energy experts and local advocates improved upon the utility’s initial proposal.

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Xcel’s community solar turns 1 year old

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Just one year ago, Xcel Energy launched their community solar program, receiving hundreds of proposals for solar gardens on its very first day. What’s happened since then and where do we go from here? Learn more in our 1st birthday analysis of Xcel Energy’s community solar program.

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