Solar Outshines Natural Gas in Minnesota

Xcel Energy’s plans to invest in new natural gas generating capacity have been put on hold in the wake of a recent ruling by Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman.  In his ruling, the Honorable Mr. Lipman concluded that an investment in a comparable generating portfolio of 20 large solar power arrays in Xcel’s service area is “the greatest value to Minnesota and Xcel’s ratepayers.” Edina, MN-based Geronimo Energy plans to build about 20 large solar power arrays in Minnesota at a cost of $250 million, with construction planned in 2015 and 2016.  Read the article here.