In Minnesota, utilities and regulators plan for the grid of the future

Date: 22 May 2017 | posted in: Energy, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Midwest Energy News – May 22, 2017

By Frank Jossi

Minnesota regulators recently heard proposals from Xcel Energy to introduce a sophisticated new electric grid software platform and to build an energy storage system instead of a substation.

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) certified the need for the $27 million software platform while requesting more information on the storage project to determine whether it would be a good deal for ratepayers. The commission requires Xcel to file the modernization plans. …

Leadership in Minnesota

Utility Dive pointed to Minnesota as one of five leading states for grid modernization, citing both the commission’s work and that of a coalition of stakeholders known as the e21 Initiative.

Last year the Minnesota PUC issued a 42-page grid modernization staff report that covered regulatory issues, hosting capacity, time-varying rates, smart inverters, integrated resource plans and a host of other topics.

The commission recently received a second report from Xcel identifying its “hosting capacity,” which basically refers to how much more power the system could absorb and still function at a high level, Lange said.

The Institute For Local Self-Reliance used Xcel’s data to determine 1,851 megawatts of hosting capacity is available, even after considering projects being built or approved.

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