Sherco

Global Warming

How the historic decision to transform Xcel Energy’s electricity was made

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Working directly with Xcel and with our “Clean Energy Organizations”, or CEO, partnership, Fresh Energy used for the first time in Minnesota the same utility inputs and modeling Xcel uses. We analyzed options for closing the Sherco 1 and 2 coal plants and replacing them with vast amounts of cost-effective energy efficiency, wind, and solar power. Our independent analysis demonstrated that Xcel’s cheapest course of action—and the lowest in carbon—was the retirement and replacement of these two units, which are the biggest sources of global warming pollution in the Upper Midwest. Xcel agreed with our analysis, and completely revised its 15-year plan to reflect those economic opportunities. Fresh Energy applauds the unanimous Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision to modify and approve Xcel’s 15-year Resource Plan as the affordable, reliable, and clean path forward for Minnesota customers.

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Global Warming

Xcel Energy proposes nation-leading transition from coal energy to renewables

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy announced an accelerated transition from coal energy to renewables, including 60 percent carbon emissions reductions by 2030, ceasing coal-fired generation at Sherco Units 1 and 2 in 2023 and 2026, respectively, and moving up in time substantial new renewable generation to 1,200 megawatts by 2020.

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Clean Energy

Look for big decisions on energy in 2014

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At Fresh Energy, our policy work doesn’t solely take place at the Minnesota Legislature—and our work doesn’t end once a bill becomes a law. Much of Fresh Energy’s policy work touches Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at some point—whether it’s retiring and replacing coal-burning power plants with clean energy, making solar more accessible for more Minnesotans, or making it easier for utilities to invest in efficiency—and big decisions are pending at the PUC this year. In order to give you a taste of our ongoing work, here’s a sampling of the work on the PUC’s plate in early 2014.

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