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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June 11, 2019 | Blog

Decarbonizing Natural Gas End Uses in Minnesota

This fall e21 plans to launch a stakeholder engagement process to consider the role of natural gas utilities and the natural gas system in a decarbonizing economy. Sign up below…

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April 18, 2019 | Media

Commercial Property Executive: Five States to Watch in 2019

The e21 Initiative’s work on performance-based regulation was mentioned in Commerical Property Executive as an effort in one of the Five States to Watch. The excerpt below was published on…

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April 18, 2019 | Media

T&D Magazine: Pursuing the Electric System of the Future, Before You Have To

Below is an excerpt from an article Doug Scott, vice president of electricity and efficiency at the Great Plains Institute, wrote for Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Magazine. Excerpt originally published in T&D Magazine on April 12, 2019. Read the full article here. 

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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 18, 2019 | Media

Utility Dive, Opinion: Steel-for-Fuel, Data-for-Fuel, and Other Good Ideas for Asset Retirement

Carl Linvill, principal, and Megan O'Reilly, associate, at the Regulatory Assistance Project contributed this article Utility Dive.

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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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