MnSEIA engages on a variety of regulatory proceedings at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to ensure solar and storage policies are correctly implemented and upheld. Our year-round regulatory work ensures a strong solar and storage market in the state and collaboration between our members and state agencies.
MnSEIA staff appreciates member input on our regulatory comments. Before any comments are drafted, members are able attend a comment drafting meeting to express their opinions. Staff then will draft the comments with ample opportunity for additional member input. If you’d like to participate in any regulatory matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MnSEIA was instrumental in creating Minnesota's nation-leading community solar garden program in 2013, and has continued to protect and bolster the industry since. The dockets below created the CSG program, and enhance it each year. Learn more here.
Xcel Energy's CSG Program Creation: Docket 13-867
- MnSEIA Section 9 Tariff Revision Motion (5.19.2019)
- MnSEIA, ELPC, ILSR, and Fresh Energy Reporting Comments (4.12.2019)
- MnSEIA Section 9 Tariff Reply Comments (2.21.2019)
- MnSEIA Section 9 Tariff Revision Comments (2.8.2019)
- MnSEIA Independent Engineer (IE) Comments (5.16.2016)
- MnSEIA Colocation and Rate Reply Comments (4.29.2016)
- MnSEIA Colocation and Rate Comments (4.1.2016)
- MnSEIA CSG Program Comments (5.18.2015)
- Second CSG Program Timeline Reply Comments (4.30.2015)
- MnSEIA CSG Program Timeline Reply Comments (4.28.2015)
- MnSEIA CSG Program Reply Comments (3.2.2015)
- MnSEIA CSG Program Reply Comments (12.17.2013)
- MnSEIA CSG Program Comments (11.6.2013)
Residential Adder: Docket 13-867
The Residential Adder is a measure that implements an "adder" to the credit on residential solar customers' utility bills from their subscriptions. This program has helped significantly grow the residential community solar industry in Minnesota, and MnSEIA helps recalculate or reaffirm the rate with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission every few years.
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Adder Reply Comments (7.6.2021)
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Adder Comments (6.21.2021)
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Carveout Reply Comments (5.11.2018)
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Carveout Comments (4.6.2018)
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Adder Reply Comments (5.17.2017)
- MnSEIA VOS Residential Adder Comments (4.18.2017)
- MnSEIA VOS Adder Comments (1.13.2017)
- MnSEIA VOS Adder Comments (4.2.2015)
Retroactive Change to Applicable Retail Rate Proposal
MnSEIA, CCSA, US Solar, Cooperative Energy Futures, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Vote Solar, and Novel Energy Solutions filed Reply Comments opposing Xcel’s proposal to retroactively change the way that the applicable retail rate (“ARR”) is determined. This would reduce the amount paid to ARR Community Solar Garden subscribers because of legal and factual issues with the proposal.
- Joint Solar Associations ARR Reply Comments (4.10.2023)
Third Party Billing Changes: Docket 13-867/21-695
MnSEIA and The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) filed joint comments in 2021 for a proposed change to Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program. The modification would have made it more difficult for renters to subscribe to community solar gardens that their apartment building purchased or participated in.
Value of Solar: Docket 13-867
In 2013, MnSEIA played an instrumental role in the passage of the “Value of Solar,” (VOS) a first-of-its-kind rate designed to be equivalent to the direct benefit that a solar facility provides the utility, its ratepayers, and society generally. The Minnesota PUC calculates the VOS each year based on eight different components, and MnSEIA represents the solar industry to ensure the VOS is accurately calculated. Learn more about the Value of Solar here.
- MnSEIA Reply Comments (9.22.2022)
- Joint Solar Associations VOS 2022 Comments (12.3.2021)
- MnSEIA 2021 VOS Reply Comments (12.9.2020)
- MnSEIA 2021 VOS Comments (11.18.2020)
- MnSEIA VOS Distribution Component Reply Comments (8.23.2019)
- MnSEIA VOS Distribution Component Comments (7.19.2019)
- MnSEIA 2019 VOS Response to Reply Comments (1.11.2019)
- MnSEIA 2019 VOS Comments (11.27.2018)
- MnSEIA 2018 VOS Reply Comments (2.15.2018)
- MnSEIA 2018 VOS Comments (1.24.2018)
- MnSEIA Letter Requesting Comments re 2018 VOS (10.31.2017)
- MnSEIA 2014 VOS Comments (10.1.2014)
During the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic, PUC Commissioner Sullivan requested that Minnesota's rate regulated utilities offer ideas for COVID economic relief and recovery. Many utilities, including Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power, stepped up and offered to expedite the installation of planned utility-scale solar investments. MnSEIA supported these commitments for the many jobs, economic development, and solar that would be created across the state. Read MnSEIA's full press release on these announcements here.
- MnSEIA Comments COVID Relief (9.30.2020)
Distributed Generation (DG) solar projects subject to the DG Tariff are classified as projects in the 1-10 MW size range. This is a promising market for Minnesota that would boost resiliency of the electrical grid and open up more opportunities for solar. MnSEIA has made it a goal to improve the current regulatory framework to spur this promising market. Learn more about the DG tariff here.
- Joint DG Parties Comments (9.28.2022)
- Joint Commenters Comments DG Tariff (5.20.2021)
- Joint Commenters Letter DG Tariff (11.23.2020)
- Joint Movants Comments Attachment 6 Revisions DG Tariff (10.30.2020)
- Joint Movants Comments DG Tariff (10.30.2020)
- Movants Reply Comments DG Tariff Motion (10.3.2018)
- Movants Motion DG Tariff (3.23.2018)
MnSEIA has advocated for the solar industry at the PUC to develop the Minnesota Distributed Energy Resources Interconnection Process (MN DIP.) Interconnection standards are a "living document' and need to be revised over time, and MnSEIA will continue to advocate for our members. Learn more about MnSEIA's work here.
- MnSEIA MN DIP Revisions Reply Comments (10.1.2021)
- MnSEIA, Fresh Energy, and IREC MN DIP Revisions Letter (9.28.2021)
- MnSEIA MN DIP Revision Initial Comments (8.25.2021)
- MnSEIA MN DIP Revision Topics Comments (8.5.2020)
- MnSEIA MN DIP Draft Reply Comments (4.20.2018)
- MnSEIA MN DIP Draft Comments (3.29.2018)
- MnSEIA Interconnection Standards Phase II Reply Comments (2.5.2018)
- MnSEIA Interconnection Standards Phase II Comments (1.17.2018)
- MnSEIA & MnSEIP Interconnection Standards Phase I Comments (3.16.2017)
In 2020, the PUC asked Minnesota's rate regulated utilities to offer ideas for COVID economic recovery. Many utilities, including Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power, stepped up and offered to expedite the installation of planned utility-scale solar investments. Minnesota Power's economic recovery project for roughly 20 MWs of solar was filed in Docket 20-828, which MnSEIA supported. Read MnSEIA's full press release on the economic recovery efforts here.
Few things are as frustrating to a Community Solar Garden owner or operator as a garden going offline with little notice. MnSEIA has worked to mitigate the impacts of planned outages on a case-by-case basis but is also working on a regulatory level towards a systemic fix to prevent outage crises in the future. Learn more about our planned outages work here.
- Joint Solar Associations Planned Outages Reply Comments (2.3.2021)
- MnSEIA Planned Outages Comments (12.17.2020)
MnSEIA has negotiated with Xcel Energy, the Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders to develop and continuously improve a "Capacity Credit" that later became the "PV Demand Credit Rider." The PV Demand Credit offers Commercial and Industrial solar developers a special rate if they undergo demand-response curtailment during peak demand periods. This credit has created many megawatts of C&I solar projects in Minnesota—a market that MnSEIA is always looking to help grow. Learn more here.
- MnSEIA Credit Modification Supplemental Comments (9.23.2019)
- MnSEIA Credit Modification Comments (2.18.2019)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Letter (11.8.2017)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Amended Decision Option (8.23.2017)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Reply Comments (5.15.2017)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Comments (4.24.2017)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Comments (11.9.2016)
- MnSEIA Standby Service Tariffs Comments (8.19.2016)
- MnSEIA Solar Capacity Credit Reply Comments (11.18.2013)
- MnSEIA Solar Capacity Credit Comments (11.4.2013)
Minnesota Power's SolarSense program has helped spur a burgeoning solar industry in Northern Minnesota. It includes incentives for residential solar installations, a Low Income Solar Grant program, and an education program. MnSEIA has supported extending and expanding the program so more Minnesota Power customers can access clean energy.
MnSEIA supports allowing third-party aggregators of retail customers (ARCs) to bid demand response into organized markets. Fast-acting, flexible resources will become increasingly important to ensure a reliable and resilient grid. MnSEIA opposes continuing to allow electric utility monopolies to control demand response because they are not incentivized to maximize its potential. A competitive marketplace would likely promote innovation and lower energy costs to ratepayers.
MnSEIA has been involved, with our partners, at the PUC to ask utilities to provide data to developers in a more timely and efficient manner. Solar developers need access to current and accurate data about the distribution system to ensure that they are able to interconnect projects to the grid. MnSEIA worked collaboratively with Xcel Energy to find solutions that work better for all parties.
Necessary upgrade costs to facilitate interconnection can be prohibitively expensive for many developers and homeowners. MnSEIA has helped create a permanent fund for those expenses in Xcel Energy territory to improve the interconnection process so more Minnesotans can go solar.
- MnSEIA Cost Sharing Proposal Initial Comments (7.21.2022)
After four years of lobbying at the State Capitol, MnSEIA and our partners successfully passed legislation to create a Solar for Schools program in Minnesota. MnSEIA has since been very involved in the implementation of this program at the regulatory level. The energy costs for public school campuses is the second-highest cost for districts, after payroll. This program will help create jobs, clean energy, and STEM learning opportunities across the state. Learn more about the program here.
- MnSEIA Solar*Rewards for Schools Comments (10.22.2021)
Solar*Rewards is an important part of the rooftop solar landscape in Minnesota. MnSEIA keeps regular tabs on the success of the program, and has consistently advocated for it at the legislature. On occasion, major programmatic changes require MnSEIA regulatory input on behalf of the sector.
The Quality of Service Plan (QSP) tariff for Xcel Energy created a one million dollar penalty for the utility's underperformance in customer service. Compliance with this tariff is overseen by Minnesota's Public Utility Commission, and MnSEIA acts on behalf of our members to see that this tariff is enforced.
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