Minnesota utilities report mixed impact on rates from state's renewable energy mandates

Fourteen utility companies have submitted reports on the costs of complying with the state's call for more renewable energy. Of those, eight say it has had no impact or has actually saved customers a little money. Six say it has raised costs for their customers. The state wants a quarter of all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.
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Fourteen utility companies have submitted reports on the costs of complying with the state's call for more renewable energy. Of those, eight say it has had no impact or has actually saved customers a little money. Six say it has raised costs for their customers. The state wants a quarter of all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025.

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