In support of growing customer interest and in response to stakeholder identified issues and opportunities, DER staff is conducting an initial assessment of Minnesota distributed generation. This initial assessment will include determining a baseline (historical and current) for Minnesota DG and net metering installations, benchmarking Minnesota practices and installations with other states and national best practices, reviewing the current Minnesota DG interconnection process and requirements, and identifying DG impacts (costs, benefits, reliability).
The Department of Commerce will host a series of combined heat and power (CHP) stakeholder meetings between September 3rd and November 5th to provide information and facilitate discussion on CHP issues involving Minnesota’s regulatory framework, technical/economic potential, and education/training needs. Additionally, on September 11, Commerce will host a stakeholder meeting on the scope and need for a generic proceeding on Standby rates. On April 11, the Public Utilities Commission hosted a workshop on Smart Grid topics related to “Renewables on the Distribution Grid.”
On January 9th at the invitation of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), Karl Rabago (Rabago Energy LLC, http://rabagoenergy.com/) was in Minnesota to discuss his recent experience developing Austin Energy’s Value of Solar tariff and how it could inform current work in Minnesota.