Sara Bergan

Sara Bergan

Stoel Rives LLP

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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

Minnesota Can Reliably Integrate 40% Renewables According to DOC Transmission Study

Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued its highly anticipated Minnesota Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Study, which indicated that the “capacity for adding additional wind and solar up to 40% by...more

11/7/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy U.S. Commerce Department

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

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

Northern States Power Company Issues 100 MW Solar RFP

Northern States Power Company (d/b/a Xcel Energy) released its long-awaited solar request for proposals (RFP) today. Although it had earlier suggested the RFP would be for up to 150 MW, today’s RFP seeks up to 100 MW of PV...more

4/23/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Court Declares Minnesota Coal Law Unconstitutional: Electrons Favor the Laws of Physics to Those of Governments

Minnesota legislators passed the Next Generation Energy Act in 2007 which, in part, established power sector standards for carbon dioxide emissions. As a result Minn. Stat. §216H.03 now provides that no person shall...more

4/21/2014 - Carbon Emissions Coal Coal-Fired Generation Energy Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions MISO

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

Value of Solar Goes Live in Minnesota

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the methodology for calculating value of solar (VOS) tariffs in Minnesota as developed by the Department of Commerce. According to the statute, the...more

3/13/2014 - Carbon Emissions Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tariffs

Initial Rate for Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Set (Almost)

After a full day of hearing arguments on Xcel’s proposed Community Solar Garden (CSG) program (see more on that here), the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission deliberated in public on the issue yesterday and made some...more

2/24/2014 - Consumer Utility Costs Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector

Viewpoints Diverge on the Value of Solar in Minnesota

Final comments were filed yesterday on the proposed methodology for calculating a value of solar (VOS) rate for utilities in Minnesota (more on the proposed methodology is here). With the Commission required to make a...more

2/21/2014 - Energy Policy Solar Energy

What is the Value of Solar? Minnesota Agency Starts to Answer. . .

In May 2013, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that, among other things, set a solar standard, directed Xcel Energy to develop a community solar garden program, and provided for the development of an alternative...more

2/3/2014 - Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Incentives

Other Bidders Question MN ALJ's Selection of Solar Generation

At the close of last year, Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman determined that the single solar proposal in a competitive resource acquisition process would provide the best value to Xcel ratepayers....more

1/22/2014 - Competitive Bidding Consumer Utility Costs Solar Energy Utilities Sector

Minnesota Judge Rings in the New Year with Sunshine

On December 31, 2013, Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman determined in a competitive bidding process that solar provided greater value to ratepayers than natural gas. In a first-ever competitive bidding process...more

1/3/2014 - Competitive Bidding Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Natural Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Plans for Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota Emerge

After much anticipation, Xcel Energy submitted its petition for approval (PDF) of the company's proposed community solar gardens program on September 30th. The program would give utility customers a new way to engage in solar...more

10/1/2013 - Solar Energy Solar Farm

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