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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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Energy Efficiency

Supporters raise $13,005 for Fresh Energy on #GTMD16

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As part of Give to the Max Day, nearly 90 Fresh Energy supporters donated $13,005 to keep Minnesota’s progress on clean energy going. We’re especially proud to work in communities across the state and earn the support from folks from Rochester to Elk River and Morris to Laporte. The momentum across Minnesota has also earned Fresh Energy national acclaim, bringing in donations from five different states yesterday alone. Fresh Energy is proud to be a leading voice for clean energy policy and we couldn’t do our work without the amazing support from individuals across the state and country. Thank you so much for your support.

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Clean Energy

Statement from Fresh Energy following last night’s election

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Decades of experience have shown the value of growing clean energy businesses and jobs across Minnesota. New wind and solar projects have meant family supporting jobs and millions in tax revenue for rural communities. Energy conservation has helped cut waste from our system and lower costs for families and businesses.

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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

Public Utilities Commission Unanimously Approves Xcel’s 15-year energy plan

Today, the Public Utilities Commission held its final hearing and unanimously approved with modifications Xcel Energy’s 15-year energy plan (Integrated Resource Plan). After two years of rigorous study, Xcel Energy proposed a Midwest-leading energy plan for the next 15 years – doubling the amount of wind and solar on its system and taking significant strides to reduce coal with the retiring of Sherco units 1 and 2 in the mid-2020s. Xcel’s proposed energy plan saw broad support from customers, including over 10,000 Minnesotans; cities of Becker, Red Wing, and Minneapolis; Sherburne County; clean energy organizations, and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Electric Cooperatives Connecting Pollinator Conservation and Clean Energy

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“Butterflies, birds, and bees find a haven at Connexus” proclaimed the email recently sent to all members of Connexus Energy, Minnesota’s largest customer-owned electric cooperative. Connexus’ community solar garden hasn’t just been popular with its members — the site is also benefitting Minnesota’s bumblebees, honeybees, and foraging song birds — and is on the leading edge of a rapidly growing trend.

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Clean Energy

Laura Hannah brings utility, business expertise to Fresh Energy

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After ten years of experience in the private sector, Laura Hannah joined Fresh Energy in September as a new senior policy associate on the energy markets team. In that role, Laura will lead Fresh Energy’s work on policies to integrate increasing amounts of clean energy on the grid by improving the way distributed energy resources are connected and valued.

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