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Published on January 22nd, 2014 | by John Farrell


Lessons from Minnesota — An Unexpected Solar Success

January 22nd, 2014 by  

How did a cold state in the Upper Midwest join the ranks of states with solar energy standards? This presentation (click for presentation with audio) explains the politics, process, and policy that led to Minnesota becoming the 17th state with a solar or distributed renewable energy standard in 2013.  It was originally delivered to a webinar audience of Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress (OREP) on July 16, 2013.

Click through or listen in to hear explanations of Minnesota’s new solar standard, the value of solar tariff, net metering changes, and community solar opportunity, with the legislative goals and the final product.

This presentation was the second in a two-part series by OREP on the Minnesota solar energy standard and was co-delivered by John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Erin Stojan Ruccolo, Director of Electricity Markets of Fresh Energy.

Presentation audio and slideshow available from OREP.

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Lessons from Minnesota: A Solar Success (Webinar Presentation) from John Farrell


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About the Author

directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.   Farrell also authored the landmark report Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States, detailing the state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States (energyselfreliantstates.org), and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World.   John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

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