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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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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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Statement from Fresh Energy on community solar consumer issues

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“This story is a clear example of the need for tools that consumers can use when exploring their community solar options. At Fresh Energy we recognize those challenges. Based on our knowledge of community solar policy and best practices we have developed a Consumer Friendly Community Solar Rating system and will release it in the next few days. This rating will outline a set of best practices for community solar businesses, with regard to transparency in customer agreements as well as business practices to support access to solar for all. As an independent nonprofit our goal is to create a solar market that works for all Minnesotans, and community solar is one of the best ways to do that. We are committed to providing a clear road map for consumers to follow when navigating this rapidly growing market.

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Statement on Matt Schuerger’s appointment to the Public Utilities Commission

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“Matt Schuerger is both an electrical engineer and a mechanical engineer, making him a clear-eyed practical realist who will prioritize keeping energy reliable and affordable as utilities continue on the well-trod path of driving fossil fuels out of the power sector, consistent with Governor Dayton’s vision and state statutory goals. All of the industry leaders, government employees and advocacy groups who have worked with Matt Schuerger have the highest respect for him.”

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Fresh Energy to partner with the Department of Energy on national solar workshop

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Fresh Energy is proud to announce that it will partner with the U.S. Department of Energy to host a National Community Solar Partnership workshop in 2016. Building off of a National Community Solar Summit at the White House on November 17, the workshop will convene solar companies, nonprofits, and state and local community leaders who are working to expand community solar in the Midwest.

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“Massive” Win for Renewable Energy – what extended tax credits mean for wind and solar

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Delivering an unexpected Christmas present for everyone who loves clean energy, last Friday the President and Congress agreed to a budget deal that included a huge win for renewable energy. Shocking most analysts and advocates, Congress extended tax credits for wind energy by five years and for solar energy by seven years.

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Statement from Fresh Energy on today’s landmark climate agreement in Paris

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“Today in Paris, leaders of almost 200 nations agree to a landmark climate policy. We’re proud that actions in Minnesota over the past decade have demonstrated deep carbon reductions that grow jobs and generate economic opportunities; today’s agreement at the Paris Climate Summit was made possible by demonstrations of economic opportunities in Minnesota and other places around the world. Fresh Energy looks forward to working with businesses and elected officials in Minnesota to ensure that our state leads the nation in carbon reductions while moving us even faster into the clean energy economy.”

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