Clean Energy Plan Stakeholder Workshop

This CEE-hosted event provided a technical overview of the resource modeling behind Minnesota’s first-ever alternative resource plan. 

The plan was presented by: Kevin Reuther of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Anna Sommer of Sommer Energy LLC, and Michelle Rosier of Sierra Club, MN North Star Chapter.

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In response to Xcel Energy's Preferred Resource Plan filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last January (see our blog post on Xcel's proposal), a group of clean energy organizations submitted an alternative Clean Energy Plan this July. Created with support from a professional utility resource modeler using the same software Xcel Energy used to establish their resource plan, the clean energy organizations argue their Clean Energy Plan outlines a path towards reliable, cost-effective energy savings and affordable rates, saving up to 12 million tons of carbon over Xcel Energy’s preferred plan. 

The next phase in the filing and planning process is for Xcel Energy and other stakeholders to file comments within the docket by October 2nd (a recent extension beyond the original September 2nd deadline). 

This workshop allowed the clean energy organizations to provide energy policy and technical experts with a detailed overview of the modeling assumptions used to develop their Clean Energy Plan, helping inform stakeholders’ comment filings. The workshop also set a precedent for broad collaboration around the Integrated Resource Plan processes, to better align the process with the goals of Minnesota’s e21 Initiative.

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