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April 26, 2017 | Media

Forbes: America’s Utility Of The Future Takes Shape In Illinois, Ohio, And Minnesota

From Forbes: …The old model of coupling profits to increased infrastructure investment and greater sales is cracking as competitive technologies like rooftop solar, local storage and smart buildings displace increasing…

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April 18, 2017 | Events

Stakeholder Engagement for Xcel Energy Time of Use Pilot

The May 5th e21 Forum provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about and discuss the following: 1) National best practices and trends in rate design; 2) The details of…

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April 17, 2017 | Media

E&E News: Midwest Regulators Take Hold of the Grid’s Future

From E&E News Regulators across the Midwest are increasingly taking a closer look at the evolution of power grids and weighing policies and regulations that could reshape how electricity is…

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April 3, 2017 | Media

Utility Dive: The Top 5 States for Utility Grid Modernization and Business Model Reform

From Utility Dive As utilities face the rise of distributed resources and face stagnant load growth, a number of states are looking to alter the traditional sector business model through…

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January 4, 2017 | Media

POLITICO: States to Keep Utility Model Under a Microscope in 2017

The following POLITICO article references Minnesota’s e21 Initiative, co-led by CEE and Great Plains Institute. From POLITICO By Esther Whieldon EXCERPT: Several states will amp up their efforts in…

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December 8, 2016 | Press Release

Minnesota’s e21 Initiative Releases Report on Framework for a 21st Century Electric System

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) and the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) released a new report today detailing additional steps for Minnesota to protect the public interest by taking…

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December 1, 2016 | Integrated Systems Planning

e21 Phase 2 Report

The diverse set of e21 stakeholders have reached another milestone, concluding Phase II of their work with the release of three white papers addressing key issues in Minnesota’s energy future.

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December 1, 2016 | Integrated Systems Planning

e21 Phase 2 Report: Grid Modernization

The basic design of the electric grid has remained largely the same since the first commercial power plant in the United States went into service in 1882. Electricity has for…

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December 1, 2016 | Integrated Systems Planning

e21 Phase 2 Report: Integrated Systems Planning

In phase I, the e21 participants recommended changes to the resource planning process for utilities that opt in to a performance-based multi-year rate structure. Those utilities opting to file a…

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December 1, 2016 | Performance-based Regulation

e21 Phase 2 Report: Perfomance Based Compensation Framework

A central recommendation of the e21 Initiative Phase I Report is the shift to a more performance-based compensation framework, where some portion of the utility earnings is linked to utilities’…

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