216B.2411 Distributed energy resources.
(a) To the extent that cost-effective projects are available in the service territory of a utility or association providing conservation services under section 216B.241, the utility or association shall use five percent of the total amount to be spent on energy conservation improvements under section 216B.241, on:
(1) projects to construct an electric generating facility that utilizes renewable fuels as defined in section 216B.2422, subdivision 1, such as methane or other combustible gases derived from the processing of plant or animal wastes, biomass fuels such as short-rotation woody or fibrous agricultural crops, or other renewable fuel, as its primary fuel source; or
(2) projects to install a distributed generation facility of ten megawatts or less of interconnected capacity that is fueled by natural gas, renewable fuels, or another similarly clean fuel.
(b) For public utilities, as defined under section 216B.02, subdivision 4, projects under this section must be considered energy conservation improvements as defined in section 216B.241. For cooperative electric associations and municipal utilities, projects under this section must be considered load-management activities described in section 216B.241, subdivision 1, paragraph (i).
(c) The commission may provide an alternative recovery mechanism for the expense of continuing existing approved cost-effective projects by a rate-regulated distribution cooperative electric association.
(d) This section expires May 30, 2006.
HIST: 2001 c 212 art 8 s 13,14