"...what’s at risk is the integrity of a regulatory approach for electricity that’s been around for decades".
"Not even 100 words as introduced, this bill wouldn’t take a middle-schooler two minutes to study. All it would do is let the state’s largest power company — and a big local employer — step over the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, or PUC, and build the power plant in Becker it wants, when it wants".
This bill would allow Xcel Energy to build an $800 million dollar natural gas plant as a replacement power plant at their Sherco site in Becker. But the cost isn't the important part - it's that some lawmakers believe there shouldn't be regulatory oversight by the PUC, that Xcel should just be able to go, full steam ahead, with this project.
This week, the bill was approved in the house 16-3. Not a win for the regulatory process in MN, nor is it a win for renewable energy sources. It is, however, a win for Xcel. And other power companies - because "the next time the power companies don’t get what they want from the PUC, they’ll know exactly what to do".
We at CURE oppose this bill (HF-113) and believe that power companies should all be held to high standards and oversight to best serve their Minnesotan ratepayers.
Greater MN blogger, editor of Bluestem Prairie, and CURE member, Sally Jo Sorensen, interviewed Audrey Arner, a long-time CURE member, farmer, and artist, about her upcoming trip to the Women's March - St. Paul. Thanks, Sally Jo, for raising awareness about this event and advertising CURE's charter bus to the cities!
Bluestem will be heading to the Women's March Minnesota on Saturday, January 21, courtesy of travel organized by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE). A number of us from Big Stone County will be car...