Trevor Drake

February 11, 2020

Stakeholders Provide Guidance as Xcel Energy Looks at 50 Percent Increase in Demand Response

Xcel Energy explored increasing its demand response portfolio by 50 percent with Minnesota stakeholders from 2017-2019. The results highlight considerations for utilities looking to deploy larger portfolios…

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April 17, 2019

How should Xcel Energy’s electric utility performance be measured? Report summarizes initial perspectives

  A recent report by the Great Plains Institute summarizes initial stakeholder perspectives around what should be measured to assess Xcel Energy’s electric utility performance in the 21st century.  The Minnesota Public Utilities…

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March 15, 2019

Stakeholders Find Common Ground on Minnesota Power Time-Varying Rate Options

A recent stakeholder engagement process facilitated by the e21 Initiative in collaboration with Minnesota Power proves that stakeholders can find agreement on rate designs that seek to elicit customer, system, and environmental…

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February 21, 2019

e21 Forum Focuses on Integrated Systems Planning towards a Decarbonized Electric System

Beginning in 2019, Minnesota’s three investor-owned utilities will file resource plans that will chart a path into a time period of significant change and opportunity. With nearly…

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February 5, 2019

Webinar Recap: Xcel Energy Performance Metrics Stakeholder Process

This webinar, facilitated by Great Plains Institute, invited participants to learn about the stakeholder engagement process for establishing performance metrics for Xcel Energy’s electric utility operations, as…

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December 3, 2018


Objectives for 2018 e21 Forum #2:  Highlight and revisit the e21 Integrated Systems Planning White Paper and recommendations  Explore the question, “What grid services will be required…

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November 5, 2018

Minnesota Moves Forward with Performance-Based Regulation Process

Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided unanimously to begin exploring performance metrics for the state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy. The decision is a major step…

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October 10, 2018

Documenting Minnesota’s Progress with an Evolving Electric System

Less than four years ago, the Center for Energy and Environment and the Great Plains Institute launched the e21 Initiative, a multi-stakeholder collaboration brought together to find…

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July 17, 2018

Xcel Energy’s Time of Use Pilot in Minnesota Demonstrates the Positive Impact of Early Collaboration

As electric utilities look to make their systems more efficient and meet public policy goals, efforts to send price signals that both reflect the true cost of…

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April 26, 2018

Utility Dive: How Minnesota is Inching Toward a New Oversight Model

Utility Dive’s Herman Trabish takes a “deep dive’ into the e21 stakeholder process to explore performance-based regulation in Minnesota. From Utility Dive, April 24th, 2018: Performance-based regulation…

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