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216B.169 Renewable and high-efficiency energy rate options.
Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.
(a) "Utility" means a public utility, municipal utility, or cooperative electric association providing electric service at retail to Minnesota consumers.
(b) "Renewable energy" has the meaning given in section 216B.2422, subdivision 1, paragraph (c).
(c) "High-efficiency, low-emissions, distributed generation" means a distributed generation facility of no more than ten megawatts of interconnected capacity that is certified by the commissioner under subdivision 3 as a high-efficiency, low-emissions facility.
Subd. 2. Renewable and high-efficiency energy rate options. (a) Each utility shall offer its customers, and shall advertise the offer at least annually, one or more options that allow a customer to determine that a certain amount of the electricity generated or purchased on behalf of the customer is renewable energy or energy generated by high-efficiency, low-emissions, distributed generation such as fuel cells and microturbines fueled by a renewable fuel.
(b) Each public utility shall file an implementation plan within 90 days of July 1, 2001, to implement paragraph (a).
(c) Rates charged to customers must be calculated using the utility's cost of acquiring the energy for the customer and must:
(1) reflect the difference between the cost of generating or purchasing the renewable energy and the cost of generating or purchasing the same amount of nonrenewable energy; and
(2) be distributed on a per kilowatt-hour basis among all customers who choose to participate in the program.
(d) Implementation of these rate options may reflect a reasonable amount of lead time necessary to arrange acquisition of the energy. The utility may acquire the energy demanded by customers, in whole or in part, through procuring or generating the renewable energy directly, or through the purchase of credits from a provider that has received certification of eligible power supply pursuant to subdivision 3. If a utility is not able to arrange an adequate supply of renewable or high-efficiency energy to meet its customers' demand under this section, the utility must file a report with the commission detailing its efforts and reasons for its failure.
Subd. 3. Certification and tradeable credits. (a) The commissioner shall certify a power supply or supplies as eligible to satisfy customer requirements under this section upon finding:
(1) the power supply is renewable energy or energy generated by high-efficiency, low-emissions, distributed generation; and
(2) the sales arrangements of energy from the supplies are such that the power supply is only sold once to retail consumers.
(b) To facilitate compliance with this section, the commission may, by order, establish a program for tradeable credits for eligible power supplies.
HIST: 2001 c 212 art 8 s 2
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