A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

Date: 21 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years?

It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered.… Read More

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 17 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen … Read More

Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning

Date: 28 Feb 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar advocates were popping corks when a New Year’s Eve ruling by an administrative law judge in Minnesota said that distributed solar arrays were a more cost-effective resource than natural gas to meet Xcel Energy’s peak power needs. The energy … Read More

Sticking Points on Value of Solar – Pt. 3 of Minnesota’s Process

Date: 31 Oct 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Round 3 of Minnesota’s stakeholder process on the value of solar power (10/15/13) focused on the remaining unresolved tensions between stakeholders, and it started with a reminder of the charge, with quotes from the enabling law. A utility may apply … Read More

Monopoly Utility (n): see “two-faced”

Date: 24 Oct 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two weeks ago, I listened – incredulously – to Minnesota’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, suggest that solar energy offers its ratepayers no value as an environmental hedge against carbon emissions or as a price hedge against natural gas fuel price … Read More

Watch: Why Coal and Nuclear (Baseload) Are Not Compatible with a Renewable Future

Date: 16 Oct 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As renewable energy grows, the grid needs to grow more flexible to accommodate variations in the wind and sun. This video explains the limitations of “baseload” nuclear and coal power plants to work alongside large amounts of clean power.… Read More

‘Watershed’ Climate and Energy Agreement Between CenterPoint Energy and City of Minneapolis

Date: 25 Jul 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis MN (July 25, 2013) – In a groundbreaking agreement announced yesterday, the gas utility serving Minneapolis – CenterPoint Energy – will work with the city of Minneapolis to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.  The … Read More

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