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Renewable Energy

The information listed on this page is provided to help members learn more about wind and solar energy and guide them in interconnecting to the Cooperative's system.  There are many factors to consider when installing a renewable energy source and we encourage members to contact us when weighing options to help them make an informed choice.

A change in state law enabled electric cooperative boards of directors to assume the authority delegated to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) over cooperatives under State Statute Section 216B.164 - Cogeneration and Small Power Production.

The Board of Directors of People's Energy Cooperative assumed this authority, through resolution, at its August 31, 2017, Board meeting.  At the same meeting, the Board also established rules consistent with PUC rules (Chapter 7835) for cogeneration and small power production systems interconnected to the Cooperative.  Click here for a PDF of the rules or from the link below.

Please note that People's Energy Cooperative (PEC) collects a Distribution Generation Grid Access Fee on new or expanded distributed generation systems (wind, solar, etc.) interconnected to the Cooperative's electric system in accordance with Minnesota Statute 261B.164.  Systems interconnected with PEC prior to May 1, 2016, are not affected unless capacity is added.  Additional capacity will be subject to the fee.

The access fee will be applied monthly at $3.03 per kW for each kW the facility's nameplate is above 3.5 kW to a maximum of $27.00 per month.  For example, a 5 kW system would be charged for only 1.5 kW, which equates to $4.55 per month.  The Cooperative will review the fee annually and provide notice of any changes.  This fee is not intended to discourage development of distributed generation within the PEC service territory.  It is simply to recover costs for the system, done in a fair and equitable manner.

 

PEC Wind Information

 

PEC Solar/PV Information

 

Forms and Documents

 

Other Renewable Resources

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

 

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