MN Expected To Meet Renewable Energy Standards

By KBJR Manager

MN Expected To Meet Renewable Energy Standards

January 27, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 11:12 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland';s NewsCenter) - Minnesota’s utilities are on track to meet the state’s Renewable Energy Standard requirements, according to a January report released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security.

Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard is one of the nation’s strongest renewable energy standards, requiring utilities to provide 25 percent of their total electrical generation from renewable sources like wind, hydrogen and solar power by the year 2025.

Initially enacted in 2001 as the Minnesota Renewable Energy Objective, the law first required that utilities only “make a good faith effort” to obtain 10 percent of their Minnesota retail energy sales from renewable sources by 2015. In 2007, the law was amended to establish a Renewable Energy Standard with mandated renewable energy goals beginning in 2010.

All utilities, with the exception of Xcel Energy, are required to obtain 7 percent of their Minnesota retail sales from renewable energy in 2010. Xcel, which represents half of the state’s electricity, must generate 15 percent of its 2010 Minnesota retail sales from renewable sources.

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