solar power

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has decided against giving Xcel Energy an “advanced determination of prudence” for a second solar power project in Minnesota.

The PSC earlier denied Xcel’s request for a determination on a 187 megawatt solar project in Minnesota. This new one was a 100 megawatt project.

Solar power research project launched in Carrington

Jun 22, 2015
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Two electric co-ops in north central North Dakota have launched a joint demonstration project for solar energy.

It’s a small-scale project. Northern Plains Electric Cooperative and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative have installed a 6 and a half kilowatt solar project – as a demonstration, at Northern Plains' Carrington headquarters.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has denied Xcel Energy’s application for an “advanced determination of prudence” for 187 megawatts of solar power to be built in Minnesota.

An “advanced determination” would make it easier for Xcel to recover those costs from North Dakota customers in a subsequent rate case.

Inside Energy: Solar power

Oct 2, 2014

Following a backlash from customers, a utility company that supplies power to parts of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana has dropped a proposed rate increase on solar users. 

Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports this move is part of a larger, nation-wide conflict between traditional utility companies and rooftop solar.