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State of Minnesota Demands Green Energy

Minnesota has become the latest state in the U.S. to direct its utilities to purchase a percentage of renewable energy.

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, US, 2001-07-06 [SolarAccess.com] Bill SB 772 was signed into law last month by Governor Jesse Ventura. The legislation requires electric utilities in the state to offer voluntary options to their customers to purchase power generated from renewable sources or “high-efficiency, low-emission distributed generation, such as fuel cells or microturbines fueled by a renewable fuel.” Rates charged for green power can reflect any premium paid to generate electricity from renewables, and utilities may generate their own supplies or purchase credits from a renewable energy provider certified by the Public Utilities Commission. The law says utilities must obtain at least 10 percent of their retail energy from renewable sources by 2015. However, that requirement is non-binding.