Andrew Moratzka

Andrew Moratzka

Stoel Rives LLP

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Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law

On Saturday, June 13, Governor Dayton signed the 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law. The following amendments were made after the Governor’s veto: - New definitions for “propane,” “propane storage facility,” and...more

6/15/2015 - Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Cyber Threats Energy Policy Energy Sector Legislative Vetoes Minnesota Department of Commerce Minnesota Public Utilities Commission New Legislation Pollution Control Power Grid Propane Regulatory Reform Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

MN Special Session Jobs and Energy Bill Posted

As a follow up to our prior coverage, Governor Dayton vetoed the jobs and energy bill that passed in the final few minutes of the 2015 regular legislative session. Governor Dayton’s veto letter can be found...more

6/11/2015 - Governor Dayton Veto Rights

Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy...

In a literal sprint to the finish, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill, which included energy policy provisions as part of a Senate Floor Amendment, just seconds before the State constitutional deadline. Pertinent energy...more

5/20/2015 - Electricity Energy Policy New Legislation Utilities Sector

Rep. Garofalo Posts Bold Minnesota Energy Omnibus Bill

Late this afternoon, Rep. Pat Garofalo posted a bold and significant omnibus bill on the web page for the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives. This...more

3/30/2015 - Conservation Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy

MN PUC Approves First Minnesota Multiyear Plan, But Work Remains on Implementation

Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) met to address the first general rate case filed under section 216B.16 subd. 19 of the Minnesota Statutes. Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota...more

3/27/2015 - Contract Rates Electricity Private Utility Public Utilities Commission Xcel Energy

MN PUC Denies Return on Cost Overrun for Xcel Nuclear Project

On Tuesday and Friday this week, the MN PUC heard arguments from various stakeholders regarding the Xcel Energy life cycle management and extended power uprate (LCM/EPU) projects. The stage for the arguments was set by the...more

3/9/2015 - Construction Industry Construction Project Energy Projects Oral Argument Public Utilities Commission Xcel Energy

ALJ Recommends MN PUC Partially Disallow Xcel Energy’s $400 Million Cost Overrun on Monticello Project

Today marked the release of the highly anticipated report and recommendations from the Administrative Law Judge tasked with reviewing Xcel Energy’s handling of the life cycle management and extended power uprate (LCM/EPU)...more

2/3/2015 - Certificate of Need Electricity Energy Projects Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Xcel Energy

Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Forecast: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain

Within days of its open on December 12, 2014, Xcel Energy’s Minnesota Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program had well over 300 MW worth of CSG applications submitted and by this writing nearly 430 MW. The rush of significant...more

1/16/2015 - Energy Projects Public Utilities Commission Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm

Initial Take: Xcel Energy’s 2016-2013 Integrated Resource Plan for Minnesota

Today, Xcel Energy filed its 2016 – 2030 Integrated Resource Plan. Xcel Energy’s proposal is fairly significant in scope – it proposes to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, add new renewable and natural gas generating...more

1/5/2015 - Carbon Emissions Energy Policy Natural Gas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Xcel Energy

Minnesota Stakes its Claim as a National Leader on Energy Regulatory Reform with Release of e21 Report

Today marks the release of the highly anticipated report from the Minnesota e21 Initiative (e21 stands for 21st Century Energy System). The Great Plains Institute assembled a diverse range of stakeholders, including...more

12/19/2014 - Energy Policy Regulatory Reform Regulatory Standards Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

To Need or Not to Need, that is the Question: MN PUC Answers in the Affirmative

On Monday, the MN PUC addressed whether ‘tis nobler in the pocketbook to suffer the slings and arrows of the MISO market or to invest in new generating units against a sea of uncertainty....more

12/18/2014 - Electricity MISO Public Utilities Commission

Regulate vs. Replace: Hg Ct in MN Affirms State Commission’s Application of Mercury Emissions Reduction Statute

Last year, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved investor owned utility Minnesota Power’s mercury emissions reduction plan for the 585 MW Boswell Unit 4, its largest coal-fired power plant. Minnesota’s Mercury...more

11/6/2014 - Clean Power Plan Coal-Fired Generation Mercury Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Power Plants

Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program Approved, Set to Open

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission today issued its long-awaited Order approving (with modifications) Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program - Solar Rewards*Community. The Order starts the clock for the...more

9/18/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

MN PUC Affirms Path of Contentious Litigation for Externalities Value Determination

The MN PUC held a hearing on September 4, 2014, to address the impending investigation of social costs of pollutants under Minn. Stat. § 216B.2422 subd. 3 (known as externalities values). First established in the late 1990s,...more

9/8/2014 - Air Pollution Carbon Emissions Investigations Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Value-of-Solar is Delayed; Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Move Forward

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved Xcel Energy’s first Minnesota-based Community Solar Garden (CSG) program. After Xcel’s initial program filing was rejected by the MPUC in April, Xcel...more

8/11/2014 - Electricity Energy Projects Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Utilities Sector

Minnesota Commission Punts on Resource Decision: Keeps Solar in the Game

After the years of inconclusive resource planning, months of contested case proceedings, and days of oral argument, discussion and review that led to today’s deliberations, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission...more

3/28/2014 - Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector

Fake Punt! Minnesota Commission Immediately Reevaluates Motion and Advances Solar Plus One (or more) Gas Plants

In a follow up to our prior post, we now report that the Minnesota Commission subsequently modified its initial decision to clarify that Xcel Energy is directed to negotiate a power purchase agreement with the solar bidder,...more

3/28/2014 - Power Plants Solar Energy Utilities Sector

Minnesota Utilitites and Stakeholders Meet to Kick Off e21 Initiative

Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power, Center for Energy and Environment, George Washington University, and other stakeholders participated in the first e21 Initiative meeting on February 28...more

3/7/2014 - Utilities Sector

Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's Interpretation and Application of State Law and...

On November 2, 2009, just one day after the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's (the "Commission's") final order in Minnesota Power's 2008 rate case, Minnesota Power filed its largest petition ever to increase electric...more

9/19/2013 - Electricity Energy Power Grid Utilities Sector

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more

7/10/2013 - Office of Administrative Law SEC Utilities Sector

Xcel Recommends "No Action" on Two of Minnesota's Largest Coal-Fired Units

Last November, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s 2011-2025 Integrated Resource Plan and established various compliance filing requirements and deadlines....more

7/2/2013 - Coal Coal Industry Coal-Fired Generation Energy Energy Policy

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