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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.

Jan 27, 2012

Senate Republicans come out swinging

It was supposed to be such a nice session. Or at least that’s what Capitol watchers and many lawmakers were expecting after last year’s bitter shutdown fight. Nor was that the only wound still in need of closing.

Apr 28, 2010

Specter of Citizens United pulls utility bill into the realm of election law

A conference committee met this afternoon on HF2798 / SF2519, bills that would make public the data on certain expenditures by public utility companies. But a final section in the House version, added as a pair of amendments on the floor, swung the utilities bill into the realm of election law.

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