August 2004 - Upon reconsideration, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that utilities are not permitted to count the renewable power generation used to supply voluntary customer green pricing purchases toward meeting their respective renewable energy supply objectives.
Minnesota distribution utilities are required by state statute to offer their customers the opportunity to purchase some or all of their energy from renewable energy sources. At the same time, Minnesota's investor-owned electric utilities, generation and transmission cooperatives, and municipal power agencies are required to make good faith efforts to generate or otherwise secure enough electricity from qualifying renewable energy technologies to represent 10% of total retail electric sales by 2015.
The statute requires the PUC to supervise and facilitate these good faith efforts. In the case of green pricing programs, the PUC determined that counting this energy toward the renewable energy objectives is not consistent with the public interest and the policies underlying the state Public Utilities Act.
More Information - Minnesota PUC's Initial Order Detailing Criteria and Standards for Determining Compliance with the Renewable Energy Objectives - DOCKET NO. E-999/CI-03-869 (PDF 67 KB)
More Information - Minnesota PUC's Order After Reconsideration (PDF 31 KB)