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We have a new report out on munis & co-ops in Minnesota. Over 2 years, our team (@forsberg_linds, Matt Grimley, Stephanie Lenhert of @EPI_Energy, & @ElizabethJWilso of @Dartmouth) interviewed >50 muni/co-op personnel to learn how they’re engaging w/ DERs

chan-lab.umn.edu/municoop
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Munis & co-ops are nonprofit utilities that make decisions fundamentally differently than IOUs. Minnesota has 125 munis & 45 co-ops that serve >1/3 of the state’s electric load (higher than the national rate of 28% served by nonprofit utilities).
Munis and co-ops emphasize democratic, locally controlled principles, so it seems like these utilities would be prime candidates for distributed energy resources (#DERs) that can be locally controlled and participatory.
electric.coop/seven-cooperat…
publicpower.org/public-power
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I attended the MN PUC hearing last week on the Value of Solar (#11 here: minnesotapuc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph…). I’ve reflected on the broader context of the VOS in decarbonization strategy and think there are important national implications to what’s going on in MN.

LONG THREAD:
Arguments around 3rd-party solar and net metering in states around the country all point to the need for tariff reform that recognizes the social value of solar and other DERs. Calculating that value is hard but critical as we set a path to fully decarbonize.
There’s some great academic, consulting, and nonprofit work in on calculating solar’s value. Some reviews/examples:
link.springer.com/article/10.100…
annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.11…
iopscience.iop.org/article/10.108…
rmi.org/wp-content/upl…
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