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Created: 05/14/2013 10:31 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Minn. Solar Energy Mandate Closer to Becoming Law

Minnesota House and Senate negotiators have agreed to an energy bill that includes a mandate that investor-owned utilities get 1.5 percent of the energy from solar generation.
    
The House version had required investor-owned utilities to provide at least 4 percent of their power through solar generation by late 2025. The Senate version was a 1 percent standard.
    
Minnesota Public Radio reports the conference committee working out the differences decided on a 1.5 percent solar energy standard that will take effect five years earlier. Investor-owned utilities such as Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power must meet the standard by the end of 2020.
    
Iron mining facilities and paper mills are exempt, as are electricity co-ops and municipal utilities.
    
The compromise now goes back to the House and Senate for final votes.

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