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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

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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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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Statement on Minnesota’s focus on low-income solar consumers

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“This decision is a very positive step for expanding access to solar in Minnesota. By specifically requesting that solar projects take subscriber pool make-up and financial barriers, such as credit score requirements into account, the state is placing clear emphasis on the need for policies and programs that work for people of all incomes.”

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How can we make solar work for all Minnesotans?

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To kick start our Solar for All program, we brought together two leading experts on solar financing and the grid for the final event in our Power Pairings Breakfast Series: James Tong of Clean Power Finance and John Wellinghoff of Stoel Rives, the immediate past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Both Tong and Wellinghoff pushed the audience to think more from the perspective of the consumer. Their argument: market principles have helped many technologies take hold, and they could do the same for expanding access to solar and energy storage.

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Statement on Mortenson Construction’s battery storage expansion

“We work on policies that encourage battery storage because it compliments almost every other energy source on the grid. Mortenson’s expansion into storage is exciting not just for the commercial customers and utilities who will benefit in the short term, but also the families and small businesses who will benefit in the long term.”

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