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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February 5, 2019 | Events

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 part of MN…

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January 11, 2019 | Media

Utility Dive: PUC Order Keeps Minnesota Ahead of the Curve on Performance-Based Regulation

Trevor Drake, program manager for electricity and efficiency at the Great Plains Institute, was interviewed about performance-based regulation. This article was published on Utility Dive’s website on…

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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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October 10, 2018 | Blog

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 ways to…

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August 23, 2018 | Blog

Assisting States and Stakeholders in the Complicated Work of Grid Modernization

The e21 Initiative has not only provided valuable leadership in shaping a 21st century electric system in Minnesota, it’s created opportunities for utilities in the Midwest and both US coasts to…

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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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April 26, 2018 | Media

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 needs more…

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March 26, 2018 | Blog

Welcome to the new e21 Website

We’re excited to announce that the e21 Initiative has finally been given the website it has long deserved! Beginning in 2014, the Great Plains Institute and Center for Energy and…

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