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Minnesota energy bill wussed out on solar

by Dan Burns on May 28, 2013 · 3 comments

SOLAR_ENERGY_IN_ITS_FINEST_FORMI wrote before about proposed standards for solar power generation in Minnesota’s energy legislation. Originally, a House bill proposed a 4% mandate for solar generation by 2025; a Senate bill, 1%. What made it into law is:

The section that’s drawn the most attention is a 1.5 percent by 2020 solar electricity standard for large utilities that is on top of the state’s existing 25 percent by 2025 renewable mandate…
Clean energy supporters in Minnesota had high hopes going into this year’s legislative session, the first since an electoral sweep in November flipped control of both chambers back to Democrats.
A coalition of environmental groups announced in January that its top energy priority was a proposal to make utilities generate a tenth of their electricity from solar by 2030.
(Midwest Energy News)

That article is very informative on some details, and you should click and read if you’re into this. Also, behold:

In many countries– Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal — and in parts of the US such as the Southwest, solar is at grid parity. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as a gas or coal one. The pace of technological innovation in the solar field has also accelerated, so that costs have started falling precipitously and efficiency is rapidly increasing. By 2015, solar panels should have fallen to 42 cents per watt.
(Informed Comment)

If management at places like Xcel had some ‘nads, they’d look at a 4 percent standard, or even more, as a challenge to be gloriously and triumphantly met. Or better yet, exceeded. Show us what they got. That being said, what Minnesota now has, as far as legislated goals, is better than in most states.

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