Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota
Name Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Incentive Type Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Applicable Sector Utility
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Microturbines
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-09-24
Last DSIRE Review 2009-07-01

References DSIRE[1]


Electric utilities in Minnesota must offer customers the option to purchase green power, defined as power generated from renewable resources or "high-efficiency, low-emission distributed generation, such as fuel cells or microturbines fueled by a renewable fuel." Rates charged for green power must be based on the difference between the cost of the renewable energy and the same amount of non-renewable energy. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) must approve rates developed by investor-owned utilities (IOUs). As a result of the enactment of Minnesota's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in February 2007, the requirement for utilities to offer voluntary green-power programs was set to expire January 1, 2010. However, S.B 550 enacted in May 2009 moved up this expiration date to July 1, 2009.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is responsible for certifying generating sources, and for tracking and verifying all green-power programs. As part of the adoption of the Midwest Renewable Energy Trading System (M-RETS) for the state RPS, the PUC determined in December 2007 that RECs traded over M-RETS could be used to supply customer demand for green power. Click here for further details on the PUC's adoption of the M-RETs tracking system.

Utility green pricing filings and other information is available in Docket E999/DI-02-1240 (search 02-1240) on the MN PUC e-docket website.

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

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. § 216B.169
Date Enacted 2001-05-29
Expiration Date 2009-07-01
Authority 2: S.B. 550
Date Effective 2009-07-01
Date Enacted 2009-05-19

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Energy Information Center
Department Minnesota Department of Commerce
Division Office of Energy Security
Address 85 7th Place East, Suite 500
Place St. Paul, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55101-2198
Phone (800) 657-3710


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"