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Report: Minnesota utilities on track to meet 2012 RES requirements

All 16 of the utilities subject to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard (RES) have demonstrated compliance with the 2011 requirements and are on track to meet the 2012 goals, according to a report released in January by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The report is titled “Progress on Compliance by Electric Utilities with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Objective and the Renewable Energy Standard” and is prepared for the Minnesota Legislature once every two years.

All utilities, with the exception of Xcel Energy, are required to provide 12 percent of their total Minnesota retail electric sales from renewable sources by the end of 2012. Xcel, which provides about half of the state’s electricity, must generate 18 percent of its retail sales from renewable sources by 2012. Minnesota’s RES goal is 25 percent by 2025 for all utilities except Xcel; Xcel’s goal is 30 percent by 2020. Actual 2012 compliance figures won’t be known until May 2013, when final figures will be reported to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Year-to-date 2011 generation was used to estimate the ability to comply with 2012 requirements. View the full RES report and more on RES.