In Op-Ed for Pioneer Press, John Farrell Explains How Minnesota’s Energy Regulators Fall Short

Date: 3 Jun 2019 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: John Farrell

May 23, 2019

Media Outlet: Pioneer Press

Director of the Energy Democracy initiative, John Farrell, explains that when climate advocates have to cut deals for new gas to get clean energy, the state’s Public Utilities Commission isn’t doing its job.

Here is an excerpt:

In other words, Xcel shareholders could earn a half a billion dollars in profits from a settlement that falls short of the carbon reduction goals the utility had already publicly committed to.

Should the clean energy groups have compromised? Setting retirement dates for coal plants is no small matter in a climate crisis. It’s hard to blame them for wanting to secure a win, even if it’s simply firming up the utility’s public commitments.

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