Central Planning Alert: XCEL’s Adding Generation, But State To Decide Source
Why can’t XCEL and its customers decide where they get more power from?
Regulators to Decide Solar Power vs. Natural Gas
Created: 03/26/2014 5:35 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
Minnesota utility regulators are deciding between solar power and natural gas for providing additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state.
At issue is whether Xcel Energy’s customers would be best served by $250 million in solar power arrays proposed by Geronimo Energy of Edina or by adding generating units at power plants in Burnsville, Cannon Falls or Mankato.
They fail to mention how much adding natural gas generators would cost.
An administrative law judge concluded three months ago that Xcel Energy’s power needs aren’t growing so fast. He recommended Geronimo Energy’s plan to build about 20 solar arrays next to Xcel substations as the best deal.
I wonder if there is a conflict of interest with the law judge. Like he is either a biased environutter or has friends who stand to benefit from the state’s PUC picking the solar panel option.
It wouldn’t be the first time a bunko green energy company was given huge contracts. Remember Solyndra?
A state commission picking winners and losers is not what freedom looks like.