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Clean Energy

EPA agrees with Fresh Energy, provides opportunities for solar in low-income communities

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On June 16, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed with Fresh Energy’s recommendations and announced updates to its proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a voluntary program that helps states meet their Clean Power Plan goals by encouraging investments in clean, renewable energy in the two years before the first compliance deadline.

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Clean Energy

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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Energy Efficiency

David Collier joins Governor Mark Dayton, wraps up his Capitol Pathways internship

This spring, Fresh Energy was happy to take part in the Capitol Pathways program to improve diversity at the State Capitol. As part of that program, David Collier worked with our legislative team to build support and protect key policies this past session. As part of that work, David was asked to speak alongside Governor Mark Dayton and other interns at the reception to celebrate the first year of the Capitol Pathways program.

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Global Warming

Public Utilities Commission protects customers from Minnesota Power’s aging coal plants

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On June 9, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to approve Minnesota Power’s 15-year resource plan, requiring additional coal retirements and additional investments in wind, solar, and energy savings.

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Energy Efficiency

Fixed charged increase denied by Minnesota regulators

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Minnesota regulators have denied an increase to CenterPoint Energy’s monthly fixed charge, instead pointing to the company’s current decoupling policy as the best way to balance revenue requirements with energy savings.

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Issues

188-2: Minnesota Sets Standard for Land Use on Solar Sites

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Authored by agriculture leaders, a new law sends a clear signal to the solar industry regarding a preferred practice for use of land on solar sites. State-wide standard will meaningfully help Minnesota’s bees, monarchs, pheasants, and songbirds, by providing abundant, high-quality foraging habitat on solar sites.

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Clean Energy

2016 Legislative Session Summary

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With so many topics being debated, it was hard for any issue to be resolved. Even bonding and transportation, two of the highest priorities for communities, legislators, and Governor Mark Dayton, received no action – with frantic debate going right down to the wire. Thankfully, were were able to move forward with several wins on energy and protect our foundational energy policies.

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Clean Energy

Fresh Energy Shaping the Grid of the Future

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Minnesota’s current grid was designed to move electricity from coal plants to consumers hundreds of miles away. New technologically-advanced energy systems are coming into the market, but many projects are stopped or stalled at the point when they need to connect to the electric grid.

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