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S.F. No. 141 - Rural Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities Regulation
 
Author: Senator Bill Weber
 
Prepared By: Carlon D. Fontaine, Senate Counsel (651/296-4395)
 
Date: January 31, 2017



 

S.F. 141 allows rural electric cooperatives to be exempt from regulation by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with respect to Minnesota’s net metering law, if a cooperative adopts its own rules to implement the law. The bill also exempts municipal utilities from PUC jurisdiction with respect to resolving net metering disputes.

Section 1 [Dispute; resolution] exempts rural electric cooperatives from the requirement to have the Public Utilities Commission resolve disputes regarding net metering.

Section 2 [Municipal electric utility] exempts municipal utilities from the requirement to have the Public Utilities Commission resolve disputes regarding net metering.

Section 3 [Cooperative electric association] authorizes the board of directors of a rural electric cooperative to exempt it from regulation by the Public Utilities Commission with respect to net metering, provided the board does so by resolution and adopts rules implementing the net metering statute, including rules providing a process to resolve disputes. Terminates any such disputes pending before the commission.

The effective dates provided for sections 1 to 3 are all the day following final enactment.

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