The northern Minnesota utility has an opportunity to convince regulators of its need at a meeting Thursday in Duluth.
Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards program is expected to lure commercial customers that might limit project size to participate.
A salesman with Schneider Electric says the benefits of microgrids are getting easier to see for certain customers.
A letter to the governor and the region’s top transit official last month calls for purchasing electric vehicles only by 2030.
State officials were not first movers but now hope to benefit from improved prices and technology for offshore wind.
Minnesota utility regulators are expected to decide Thursday whether to offer a bonus payment to new residential community solar subscribers.