Xcel Energy is currently developing a time-of-use pricing pilot program, and Fresh Energy will be actively involved in working with Xcel, policymakers, and other stakeholders to optimize the design of the pilot.
This week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously ruled in favor of energy efficiency in Xcel Energy’s rate case by keeping the monthly customer charge flat moving forward. Fresh Energy partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy to intervene as Clean Energy Organizations in the case.
Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved an increase to Otter Tail Power’s monthly fixed fee from $8.50 to $9.75. The case wraps up roughly a year after Otter Tail Power submitted its initial proposal. In February 2016, Minnesota-based investor-owned utility Otter Tail Power filed its first rate case since 2010, asking for an overall rate increase of 9.8 percent that would have increased revenue by more than $19 million. Fresh Energy intervened in the case to provide expert testimony challenging the requested customer charge increase, and recommending alternative rate designs.
The next step for Fresh Energy is to work with investor-owned utilities on choosing aggregation levels that help set a clear market for efficient buildings – which, in turn, will drive investment into energy efficiency improvements that cut waste and reduce emissions.