Frustration with shortchanged public interest has been leaking out for years. This week, the commission can get it right.
As Xcel Energy executives announced their vision of delivering zero-carbon electricity by 2050 in Denver on Tuesday, they may have also revived a long debate over the viability of carbon capture technology.
Total net benefits range from $4.6 billion to $30 billion by 2050 and could help all utility ratepayers.
The state’s solar industry thinks the change could spur new development and maybe attract out-of-state companies.
As rates of return are expected to fall for subscribers to Minnesota community solar projects, state regulators are considering an incentive payment to ease the transition.