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December 1, 2016 | Grid Modenrnization

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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September 19, 2016 | Blog

E Source Report: MN’s e21 Initiative: The 21st Century Energy System

Report excerpt (shared with permission): In Minnesota, the e21 Initiative (an abbreviation for the “21st Century Energy System”) aims to create a utility business model that uses a customer-centric…

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March 30, 2016 | Blog

Q&A on Performance-Based Regulation with Energy Innovation’s Sonia Aggarwal

In Minnesota, GPI convenes a stakeholder effort called the e21 Initiative that recommends, in part, shifting toward a more performance-based regulatory approach to determine how electric utilities in the state…

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November 26, 2015 | Media

Initiative Aims to Reinvent Utility Industry the Minnesota Way

E&E Publishing’s EnergyWire featured an in-depth article, “Initiative Aims to Reinvent Utility Industry the Minnesota Way,” about the e21 Initiative’s work to “reinvent the utility business model and the regulations…

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December 1, 2014 | Grid Modenrnization

e21 Phase 1 Report

A growing and fundamental misalignment exists between the traditional utility business model (and the regulatory framework that supports it), and the realities of today’s marketplace and Minnesota’s public policy goals.

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November 24, 2013 | Blog

The Future of Minnesota’s Electric Utilities: The Sequel

Environmental Initiative’s recent policy forum on “The future of Minnesota’s Electric Utilities” drew a block-buster crowd—you would have thought they were giving away free beer. Especially…

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