Here's What Xcel Has in Store For Minnesota in its 15-Year Plan:
Xcel’s 15-Year Plan Delayed….Mark your calendar for April Fools Day!
The Public Comment deadline for Xcel Energy’s 2020-2034 Upper Midwest Integrated Resource Plan had initially been January 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. However, the MN Public Utilities Commission has since revised the comment period. Because Xcel Energy crafted their initial 15-year energy plan on the assumption that their acquisition of a Mankato natural gas plant would be approved by state regulators (it wasn’t), Xcel had to go back to the drawing board and craft an entirely new plan, delaying the process by about 9 months.
Xcel will file its new Supplement to its Integrated Resource Plan no later than April 1, 2020 and Initial Comments are then due August 3, 2020, and Reply Comments due October 2, 2020. You may submit comments to the Commission throughout the Comment Period. Comments received after the close of the comment period may or may not be considered by the Commission.
The State of Minnesota received in-person testimony on Xcel's IRP during 5 public hearings
323 individuals signed in, 104 people spoke, and the Administrative Law Judge collected 47 written comments at the 5 hearings were held on October 21st at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. in Minneapolis, October 23rd in St. Cloud, October 28th in St. Paul & October 30th in Mankato.
The engaged community members who showed up to speak at the 5 public hearings were overwhelmingly in agreement with each other and on message in concern for climate justice. The most common message was challenging Xcel’s proposal for billion-dollar new gas plant in Becker, MN as posing an unacceptable risk to both meeting climate goals as well as in costs to customers. The equity and access message was also pretty strong and probably the second most common.
For some insightful Media Coverage of the hearings read: “At Saint Paul Forum Environmental Group Says it Wants Xcel to Move Faster on Carbon Emissions Reduction” by Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Click Image Below to see video of a rally that Community Power co-hosted prior to the 7 PM Oct 21st IRP hearing!
Written comments also accepted in any of the following ways:
Public Comments should include your name, city and state [and the docket #19-368] and can be submitted in the following ways:
1. Online: Visit www.mn.gov/puc, select Speak Up! Find Docket No. 19-368 and add your comments to the discussion.
2. Email: Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you include the Docket Number 19-368.
3. eDockets: Use the Commission’s eFiling system — go to www.mn.gov/puc, select “eFiling,”
4. U.S. Mail: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission 121 7th Place East, Suite 350 St. Paul, MN 55101