In the News: ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative
February 9, 2022
Media Outlet: PV Magazine
Influential in driving this decision was the testimony of Vote Solar, The Institute for Local Self Reliance, Cooperative Energy Futures, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, as those organizations advocated for the necessity of widespread distributed solar during the proceedings. The groups submitted written testimony which showed that investing heavily in local solar power is the lowest-cost path for Xcel to meet future electricity demand while also creating local jobs, cleaner air, and more affordable energy bills for Minnesota families.
Under the equity provision of the order, regulators called on Xcel to develop energy efficiency and clean energy programs that ensure equitable access to low income and Black, Indigenous, and communities of color across Minnesota. Xcel has also been directed to work with these communities to ensure that future energy planning advances equity in energy service delivery, workforce hiring, and community benefits.
Read more about ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative here.