Energy Planning (Minnesota)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Minnesota

Applies to States or Provinces Minnesota
Name Energy Planning (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Minnesota Department of Commerce
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This statute affirms the State's strong interest in the development and use of renewable energy resources, minimizing fossil fuel consumption and diversifying energy sources, as well as the creation of effective energy forecasting, planning, and education programs. The statute sets the energy policy for the State, aiming for a 15 percent reduction in per capita use of fossil fuels by 2015, and for 25 percent of total energy to be derived from renewables by 2025. The commissioner of the Department of Commerce is required to monitor renewable energy development in the state, and, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, to provide an annual report to the legislature describing existing and needed electricity transmission infrastructure. The commissioner can provide grants to local governments to assist with energy planning and renewable energy development purposes. The commissioner will also develop, implement, and administer a microenergy loan program to finance community-owned or publicly owned small scale renewable energy systems or to provide loans or other aids to small businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 216C.05-18
Date Effective 1980-1984
Date Enacted 1974

Authority 2: Minnesota Administrative Rules 7606
Date Effective 1987

Authority 3: 7849-7850
Date Effective 1995

Authority 4: 7855
Date Effective 2005