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Oct 18, 2013

Solar energy rates poised for major makeover

Minnesota lawmakers have been trying for decades to foster so-called distributed generation of electricity, in which small renewable wind and solar energy producers operate as a counterpart to big power plants. But after a jumpstart last legislative session, solar energy policies in Minnesota could get their biggest makeover in 20 years.

Jan 4, 2013

Utilities brace for 2013 energy-policy battles

The outlook for energy policy is quite different as DFLers get set to take control of both the House and Senate in the 2013 legislative session. Business groups that had pursued an aggressive agenda in the last two years of GOP control will likely adopt a more defensive posture.

Dec 21, 2011

Renewable energy program generates rate controversy

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration and a host of rural economic development interests are hoping to boost the amount of renewable energy produced by farmers, homeowners and assorted small businesses. But that goal is running into a controversy over the rate at which those producers are paid for the power they generate, and just how much power they can sell to utilities.

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