Posts from Trevor Drake

June 9, 2020 | Performance-based Regulation

Performance-Based Regulation in Minnesota: A Decade of Progress

Performance-based regulation for electric utilities is gaining increased attention across the US. States like Hawaii and New York are already testing new models to align utility performance with public policy…

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February 11, 2020 | New Rates, Products, and Services

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 of advanced demand response. This blog, the first in a three-part series, shares demand response design principles and filing objectives developed by stakeholders to inform Xcel Energy’s planning for new demand response programs.

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December 12, 2019 | New Rates, Products, and Services

Approval of Xcel Energy’s Electric Vehicle Pilots Highlights Key Considerations for Electric Utilities

Following a stakeholder engagement process facilitated by the Great Plains Institute in 2018, Xcel Energy received approval and is moving forward in Minnesota with new electric…

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September 10, 2019 | Blog

e21 Forum Highlights Four Areas of Energy Innovation Across Minnesota

On Monday, August 26th,  Minnesota energy stakeholders came together to learn about four areas of innovation happening across the state’s energy system. The event was put on by the e21…

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April 17, 2019 | Blog

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…

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March 15, 2019 | Blog

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

A recent stakeholder engagement process…

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February 21, 2019 | Blog

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 all the state’s…

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December 3, 2018 | Events


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 by…

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November 5, 2018 | Blog

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 towards achieving…

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July 17, 2018 | Blog

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 energy and reduce…

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