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Report: An Alternative Grid Model for Minneapolis

| Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 6, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a modestly higher price.

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Executive Summary

An advanced technical and economic model of the electric grid in Minneapolis shows that the electric consumers in the city could receive cleaner energy that would substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions (and increase renewable energy) at a comparable cost to existing electricity service.

The conservative model, not accounting for opportunities to buy and sell power with the larger electrical grid, suggests that the City of Minneapolis and its electric utility have substantial opportunities to meet and exceed the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan with changes in the electricity supply used to meet the needs of consumers citywide.

comparison of Minneapolis electricity system costs and emissions ILSR


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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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  • Same1I82

    Many thanks- You have put such great work into this study that it deserves to have great consideration by the Minneapolis city-utility partnership board and energy vision advisory committee. It make a great supplement to the energy pathways study.