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Minnesota Energy Planning Report 2001

Date Last Updated11/28/2012
Policy TypeState Energy Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeMinnesota Department of Commerce
Policy Initiation Date1/1/2001
Policy SummaryThe Minnesota Energy Planning report was issued in 2001 and includes CHP. The report describes the current state of energy in Minnesota, challenges in the electricity sector, and technology options and other approaches such as energy conservation that can be used to meet the State's energy demand. The report mentions the state will continue to work on implementing policies favorable to CHP such as increasing the net-metering threshold to 2 MW as well as addressing out-of-date interconnection requirements. Additionally, the Plan has details on a survey effort to determine the CHP potential in the State. The State sent out a survey to 142 facilities presumed to have potential for CHP systems over 1 MW and out of 32 responses, found that 14 facilities had both technical and economic potential for CHP. The main variables affecting the economics of CHP were the price of the fuel (natural gas, biomass or coal) that would be used in the system and the ability to sell excess power into the grid at the market price of electricity.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
Resource Website(s) http://archive.leg.state.mn.us/docs/pre2003/mandated/020319.pdf exit EPA

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