Minnesota Separates Green Pricing and RPS Requirements

October 01, 2004

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled on June 1 that electric utilities are not permitted to count the renewable power generation used to supply voluntary customer green pricing purchases toward meeting their respective renewable energy supply objectives. Minnesota distribution utilities are required to offer their customers the opportunity to purchase some or all of their energy from renewable energy sources. At the same time, Minnesota's investor-owned electric utilities, generation and transmission cooperatives, and municipal power agencies are required to generate or otherwise secure enough electricity from qualifying renewable energy technologies to represent 10% of their retail electric sales by 2015. The PUC ruling means that utilities cannot count one purchase toward meeting both goals at the same time.

Source: EERE's Green Power Network.