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- April 03, 2014

Minnesota Legislature Looks to Jump Start Renewable Energy Exports

By Thomas Braun The Minnesota State Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ease the regulatory burden on independent power producers looking to export wind and solar energy...

- March 28, 2014

Fake Punt! Minnesota Commission Immediately Reevaluates Motion, Advances Solar Plus One (or more) Gas Plants

By Sara Bergan In a follow up to our prior post, we now report that the Minnesota Commission subsequently modified its initial decision to clarify that Xcel Energy is directed to negotiate...

- March 28, 2014

CPUC Adopts Transitional Net Metering Rules for Pre-Existing Distributed Generation Systems

By Seth D. Hilton On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission established rules for transitioning distributed generation renewable energy systems from the...

- March 27, 2014

Minnesota Commission Punts on Resource Decision: Keeps Solar in the Game

By Sara Bergan After the years of inconclusive resource planning, months of contested case proceedings, and days of oral argument, discussion and review that led to today’s deliberations,...

- March 21, 2014

Negotiating a Liquidated Damages Clause in Texas? Get Out Your Crystal Ball.

Co-Authored by Jennifer Martin and Jason Johns "Don't mess with Texas."  Apparently the slogan even applies to liquidated damages clauses. This morning, the Supreme Court of Texas issued...

- March 13, 2014

Value of Solar Achieves a New Dawn in Minnesota

By Sara Bergan Yesterday afternoon, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the methodology for calculating value of solar (VOS) tariffs in Minnesota as developed by the...

- March 13, 2014

NV Energy Wants More Solar

By Chad Marriott NV Energy is in the market for solar. On March 10, 2014, the utility issued a Request for Information (“Solar Site RFI”), asking developers to help identify potential...

- March 10, 2014

DOD Should Consider Adding Fast-Ramping Generation to its Procurement Planning

By Roger Stark Intermittent resources create unique challenges for 21st Century Utilities, RTO's and System Operators. The now infamous "Duck Chart" highlights a key element of the...

- March 07, 2014

Minnesota Utilities and Stakeholders Meet to Kick Off e21 Initiative

By Andrew Moratzka Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, Center for Energy and Environment, George Washington University, and other stakeholders participated in the first e21 Initiative meeting...

- February 28, 2014

Xcel Announces 150 MW Solar RFP

By Sarah Johnson Phillips This morning, Xcel Energy announced plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 150 MW of solar energy generation. Xcel included its RFP plans in...

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