Minnesota judge backs PV over gas

The Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul

The Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul

A US judge has backed a series of proposed PV plants over natural gas as the best way for Minnesota utility Xcel to meet its near-term energy needs, setting up a critical administrative battle in early 2014.

Assessing a handful of proposed power-generation projects – all but one of them based on natural gas – Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman this week ruled that the lone PV project represents the best deal for Xcel’s ratepayers.

The sweeping Aurora solar project is backed by Minnesota-based developer Geronimo Energy, which intends to build 100MW of distributed PV generation across several dozen sites in the state by 2016.

Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP) has the first right to buy Geronimo’s finished renewables projects.

Xcel itself, in addition to several other energy companies, had proposed building gas-fired generation units to meet Log in to read complete article.

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