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20 Apr
Study proves (again) that net metering can undervalue solar
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Frank Andorka
Adoption Year : 2017
At the behest of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Power submitted a Value of Solar Tariff plan – and proved (yet again) that as even the best net-metering plan can undervalue what solar means to the grid and ratepayers.
11 Jan
VOS Calculation Compliance, Xcel Energy submission to Minnesota PUC at Docket No. E002/M-13-867
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Xcel Energy
Adoption Year : 2015
This value of solar estimate was calculated by Xcel Energy using a methodology created by Clean Power Research for Minnesota’s Department of Commerce. The study calculated the value of solar as 13.6 cents per kWh in Xcel territory.
21 Oct
Local View: Far from a drain, solar power a huge asset to society
Friday, October 21, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dr. Eric Enberg
Adoption Year : 2016
As the country increasingly transitions to a renewable energy future, many utilities are ferociously resisting solar energy, often claiming homeowners who have solar arrays are pushing the costs of maintaining the grid onto other customers. Some utilities have placed punitively high fixed charges on solar arrays to diminish their economic viability — including here in Minnesota.
18 Oct
Q&A: Conservatives Debate Clean Energy Approaches in Minnesota
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Frank Jossi
Adoption Year : 2016
Some conservatives, concerned they’re being left behind in the clean energy discussion, have begun to show a growing interest in renewable energy and public policy at both the state and federal level. State organizations have formed to promote a free market view of energy, and national advocacy groups have become more forceful in the debate, as seen at a forum held last week at the Republican convention.
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
12 Sep
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives
Monday, September 12, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Arizona    California    Connecticut    Florida    Georgia    Illinois    Louisiana    Maine    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    North Carolina    
Author : Consumer Energy Alliance, Report prepared by: Borlick Associates, LLC
Adoption Year : 2016
From the Executive Summary: To stimulate renewable energy development, governments at the local, state and federal level have provided a myriad of incentives for residential electricity customers who install solar panels on their roofs, some of which overlap. The combined effect of these incentives is quite substantial – particularly in light of the dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels that has recently occurred. This report aims to inform policymakers by quantifying the total incentives as a percentage of the installed cost of a ty
08 Aug
Value of solar gains another foothold in Minnesota
Monday, August 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Frank Jossi
Adoption Year : 2016
Minnesota became the first state in the nation Thursday to adopt a “value of solar” approach for determining how community solar customers will be paid for the power the projects produce. The value of solar approach includes external factors such as avoided transmission investments, the favorable health and environmental impact of clean energy and the ability to help the electric grid meet large demand on sunny days when extra power is often needed.
13 Apr
Why a Minnesota Energy Standard is a Great Idea
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
Presentation made for Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) showing data providing support for the argument that a solar standard is cost-effective
13 Apr
The Three Best Things Minnesota Did for Solar Energy in the Last Week
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Adam James
Adoption Year : 2013
Article discussing the new solar energy standards. Specifically mentions the value of solar tariff.
13 Apr
The Making of a New Midwestern Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell, grist.org
Adoption Year : 2013
Article about the progression of the MN solar bill through the legislature; also contains a Prairie Home Companion reference
13 Apr
Solar, will you marry me? (for a contract period of 20 years
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Laurel Passera
Adoption Year : 2014
Article detailing the new VOS methodology released by Minnesota, and their plan to offer utilities the option to replace net metering with a 20-year PPA using the VOS rate
13 Apr
Proposed Solar Standard is Cheap Compared to Minnesota Utilities’ Rate Increases
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Adoption Year : 2013
Article supporting the Minnesota VOS bill and providing counterarguments to those saying it would be more expensive than current utility rates
13 Apr
Minn Value of Solar Process Confirms that Net Metering is A Fair Deal
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Rick Gilliam
Adoption Year : 2014
Applauds the forward thinking MN PUC, but expresses reservations about using VOS in place of net metering and not together or as an alternative
13 Apr
Minnesota's solar requirement could change how we see electrical grid
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Stephanie Hemphill
Adoption Year : 2013
Article explaining the discussion over the value of solar, using Minnesota as an example of where utilities are working to get it right, thanks to a new energy standard that requires a percentage of their generated energy comes from solar panels
13 Apr
Minnesota's New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : John Farrell
Adoption Year : 2013
"Architect" of Minnesota's new solar energy standard explains how it works, and how it is good for solar and for customers. Helpful charts and VOS discussion included.
13 Apr
Minnesota's new solar law: Looking beyond percentages
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2013
Article discussing the newly signed into law energy act, its benefits and costs, and what parties are happy about it. Specifically references "Net Metering 2.0"
13 Apr
Minnesota's new solar law: Looking beyond percentages
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2013
Article discussing the newly signed into law energy act, its benefits and costs, and what parties are happy about it. Specifically references "Net Metering 2.0"
13 Apr
Minnesota to ask: What is the value of solar power?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2013
Follow-up article on the new energy act, and all of its benefits to ratepayers and utilities, also weighing the perceived costs
13 Apr
Minnesota solar gets new boost from lawmakers
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Stephanie Hemphill
Adoption Year : 2013
Article detailing the various solar initiatives being contemplated in Minnesota
13 Apr
Minnesota lawmakers consider rate-based solar power incentives
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : David Shaffer, Star Tribune
Adoption Year : 2013
Article on the Minnesota state House Energy Policy Committee hearing testimony on whether or not to mandate the "Value of Solar" rate
13 Apr
Minnesota HF773
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Minnesota House of Representatives
Adoption Year : 2013
Proposed bill establishing a value of solar rate in the state of Minnesota (now dead)
13 Apr
Minn. tries to put a climate value on rooftop solar
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Peter Behr
Adoption Year : 2014
Even-keeled assessment of arguments for and against the VOS tariff being proposed in Minnesota in January 2014
13 Apr
Minn. Regulators set to decide on solar tariff formula
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Jeffrey Tomich
Adoption Year : 2014
Article covering the impending decision on MN's VOS methodology, talking about the contrast and breadth of opinions
13 Apr
Mike Rothman Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce Before The Senate Energy Subcommittee
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Mike Rothman
Adoption Year : 2014
Testimony of MN state official in a Senate Energy Subcommittee hearing explaining the Value of Solar Tariff methodology employed in the state, and its benefits.
13 Apr
Lessons From the First Year of Xcel Energy's Community Solar Program
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Allen Gleckner
Adoption Year : 2015
This article discusses a status update of Xcel Energy's community solar program.
13 Apr
In bid against gas, Minnesota regulators say solar can proceed
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Policy Positions    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Dan Haugen
Adoption Year : 2014
Solar project beat out natural gas options in RFP. Article discusses Xcel Energy's reservations and the regulatory climate in MN that made this possible
13 Apr
If 'value of solar' is optional, will Minnesota utilities adopt it?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Ken Paulman
Adoption Year : 2014
Outlines the findings of John Farrell's report, indicating that utilities will in fact opt to use the VOS rate, because of the long-term stability, but discusses possible ways they could drive the rate down
08 Apr
As Net Metering Battles Move to Small Markets, Solar Advocates Claim Early Victories
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : News Article
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : @National    Minnesota    
Author : Stephen Lacey
Adoption Year : 2014
Uses example of Minnesota as spot where VOS is winning, and looks to other nationwide battles to show the "chess match" occurring between utilities and solar advocates
31 Mar
Net Metering Policy Development in Minnesota: Overview of Trends in Nationwide Policy Development and Implications of Increasing the Eligible System Size Cap
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Net Energy Metering    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Elizabeth Doris, Sarah Busche, and Stephen Hockett
Adoption Year : 2009
This study was conducted to compare Minnesota’s policies to national best practices. It provides an overview of the current Minnesota policy in the context of these best practices and other jurisdictions’ net metering policies, as well as a qualitative assessment of the impacts of raising the system size cap within the policy based on the experiences of other states. The report finds that increasing the cap may move the state toward its goal of providing the maximum possible encouragement to distributed generation assets, including a larger ave
30 Mar
Assessing Minnesota's Solar Resource: Revenue Implications of Solar PV System Orientation and Rate Structure
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Solar Cities Minneapolis Saint Paul
Adoption Year : 2011
This paper examines the revenue implications of various system orientations and rate structures for commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems co-located with a building load.  This study uses several modeling tools developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to model PV system revenue for a single system in Minnesota modeled with six different orientations and with each orientation exposed to five different rate structures. The rate structures examined include several rates currently available from the utility territory
30 Mar
Assessing Minnesota's Solar Resource: Revenue Implications of Solar PV System Orientation and Rate Structure
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Solar Cities Minneapolis Saint Paul
Adoption Year : 2011
This paper examines the revenue implications of various system orientations and rate structures for commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems co-located with a building load.  This study uses several modeling tools developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to model PV system revenue for a single system in Minnesota modeled with six different orientations and with each orientation exposed to five different rate structures. The rate structures examined include several rates currently available from the utility territory