Message for MN Legislature:
Public Power — Municipally-Owned — Electric Service Benefits Customers
At the Minnesota Legislature and other electric policy venues, pressure persists from third-party energy developers to allow microgrid or renewables-only direct energy sales to customers at the retail level. As expressed in an advocacy group’s white paper outlining steps to replace Minnesota’s electric utility regulatory environment, “There is real money to be made, and business people want to win the race to get a piece.”
Twenty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature wisely chose to continue with the state’s regulatory compact ensuring non-discriminatory, cost of service rate design to benefit all customers. Minnesota’s Municipal Utilities ask legislators to preserve the state’s customer focus and strong safety and reliability standards.
The presence of customer-owned utilities has kept rates lower in Minnesota than 12 of the 16 states that chose to restructure their electricity markets through deregulation. As evidenced in the chart/infographic, customers in states that chose to deregulate pay higher electric rates. (Source: Energy Information Administration, 2016 Forms EIA-861 and EIA-826 and APPA, Retail Electric Rates in Deregulated and Regulated States: 2016 Update.)
MN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE DATE AND LOCATION CHANGED!
The Minnesota Legislature scheduled an Easter break during the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association’s (MMUA) originally scheduled conference days. Since legislators would not be in St. Paul, MMUA changed the date and the conference location.
NEW DATE: April 11–12
NEW LOCATION: Embassy Suites St. Paul
Please visit https://www.mmua.org/event/legis-conf-2018 for more information and to register.