Minnesota enacted legislation in 2007 that created a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for Xcel Energy, created a separate RPS for other electric utilities,* and modified the state's existing non-mandated renewable-energy objective. In 2013, further legislation (H.F 729) was enacted to create a 1.5% solar standard for public utilities, a distributed generation carve-out, and a solar goal for the state.
Supported by the state's Renewable Development Fund, Minnesota offers a payment of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for on-farm biogas facilities. Previously, this incentive also offered payments to wind and hydroelectric facilities, but no new incentives are being offered for these technologies.
Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund (RDF) was created in 1999 pursuant to the 1994 Radioactive Waste Management Facility Authorization Law (Minn. Stat. § 116C.779). Originally, Xcel Energy was required to donate to the fund $500,000 annually for each dry cask containing spent nuclear fuel being stored at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant, amounting to about $9 million annually.
This statute aims to restore certain marginal agricultural land and protect environmentally sensitive areas to enhance soil and water quality, minimize damage to flood-prone areas, sequester carbon, and support native plant, fish, and wildlife habitats. The Board of Water and Soil Resources may place eligible land in the Minnesota reserve program and impose conservation standards.
These statutes establish wetlands as a natural resource of public value in the State, and state that it is in the public interest to restore and preserve these wetlands and their biological diversity, as well as to avoid direct or indirect detrimental impacts. Sections 103G.221-237 discuss rules pertaining to the drainage of wetlands and access to public wetlands.
These statutes establish the State's authority to “control and supervise activity that changes or will change the course, current, or cross section of public waters, including the construction, reconstruction, repair, removal, abandonment, alteration, or the transfer of ownership of dams, reservoirs, control structures, and waterway obstructions in public waters.” The statutes also establish that hydroelectric power generation serves a valid public purpose.
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ([http://www.smmpa.com SMMPA]) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes.
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency ([http://www.smmpa.com SMMPA]) is a joint-action agency which generates and sells reliable electricity at wholesale to its eighteen non-profit, municipally-owned member utilities, and develops innovative products and services to help them deliver value to customers. With help from SMMPA, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provides incentives for its commercial and industrial customers to improve the energy efficiency of facilities.
This section regulates the transportation and disposal of high-level radioactive waste in Minnesota, and establishes a Nuclear Waste Council to monitor the federal high-level radioactive waste disposal program. These regulations state that the construction of a radioactive waste facility in Minnesota as well as the transportation of radioactive waste for disposal into Minnesota must be expressly authorized by the Minnesota Legislature.