A new bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives is receiving mixed reviews from the public.
If passed, the legislation will change a 2013 ruling defining the ways utility companies can meet the state's renewable energy targets. State Representative and author of the bill Pat Garofalo stated he believes this will allow these organizations to adhere to future carbon emissions goals. Additionally, it will encourage the alternative energy market to compete, pushing prices down overall.
However, solar advocates believe this bill will hurt their rapidly growing industry. If passed, the rule would eliminate the 1.5 percent energy mandate imposed on utilities to offset generation. In the last year, Minnesota has gone from 14 megawatts worth of solar installations to more than 400 in the works.
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