MN GOP bill: Make utilities prioritize renewables when retiring fossil fuels

Energy News Network: Utilities would be required to first consider renewable energy whenever replacing fossil fuel generation under legislation proposed by a prominent Republican Minnesota legislator.

Rochester Sen. Dave Senjem introduced the Clean Energy First Act to encourage utilities to “prioritize renewable energy” and energy efficiency in their integrated resource plans (IRPs).

Utilities file those documents to periodically offer regulators detailed assessments of energy demand and plans for retirement and construction of power sources.

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