Statement: Minnesota utility stimulus filings for economic recovery
Jun 17, 2020
On May 20, 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission directed Minnesota rate-regulated utilities to submit filings that describe ongoing and planned investments to assist in Minnesota’s economic recovery from the COVID‐19 pandemic. In filings submitted today, clean energy investments were central to each utility's plans. In response to the filings, Policy Director Mike Bull provided this statement on behalf of CEE:
CEE congratulates Xcel Energy, Dakota Electric, Minnesota Power, and Otter Tail Power on their proposals to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure projects to help stimulate the Minnesota economy, filed today at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. We also thank the Commission for recognizing and acting on the need for these stimulus proposals.
We call special attention to the significant scope and scale of the Xcel Energy plans, which draw on the expertise and potential impact from every sector of their business.
Minnesota is facing significant economic headwinds, which will require an “all hands on deck” response.
These proposals by Minnesota’s investor-owned electric utilities meet the demands of the moment, and will create much needed jobs and economic stimulus in the coming months and years.
We look forward to participating in the Commission proceedings that follow, to help regulators process these plans and help get Minnesotans back to work.
Specific to Xcel Energy's filing, CEE is pleased to be partnering on a proposal to target areas of concentrated poverty identified by the Metropolitan Council where 50% or more of the residents are people of color in St. Paul; the designated Green Zones in Minneapolis; and areas in parts of north and south Minneapolis and the St. Paul Midway that were damaged by recent civil unrest.
In addition to targeted energy efficiency and pre-weatherization work, the collaborative proposal with Xcel Energy would integrate workforce development activities by partnering with community workforce organizations; creating apprenticeship programs for residents to train for direct installations of efficient equipment, insulation, and HVAC equipment; and developing employer pipelines for post-apprenticeship hiring.
Tim Hanrahan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dakota Electric Association
Otter Tail Power Company