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PSC voted correctly on solar request

The Public Service Commission did the right thing when they didn’t let a company bill North Dakotans for Minnesota projects. The commission decided the projects weren’t cost effective.

The PSC rejected an application from a power company last week that would have allowed it to charge North Dakota consumers for the cost of solar energy projects planned in Minnesota.

Minnesota adopted Solar Energy Standards in 2013 and Northern States Power Company, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, is attempting to meet those standards.

Northern States selected three bids for solar energy projects in Minnesota totaling 187 megawatts to meet the standards. One was for a 100-megawatt project near North Branch, Minn., another for a 62.25-megawatt project near Marshall, Minn., and the third for a 24.75-megawatt project near Tracy, Minn.

Read full story at The Bismarck Tribune