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S.F. No. 1372 - Hydropower Treatment under the Renewable Energy Standard Modifications
Author: Senator Andrew Mathews
Prepared By: Carlon D. Fontaine, Senate Counsel (651/296-4395)
Date: March 7, 2019


This bill addresses issues related to the renewable energy standard (RES) law regarding how hydropower is treated under the RES. The change in paragraph (a) removes the capacity cap for hydroelectric power as an eligible energy technology, so that projects with a capacity of 100 megawatts or more would qualify under the RES. Currently, only hydropower generated from a facility with less than a 100 megawatt capacity can be treated as renewable power.

Paragraph (c) amends the definition of "total retail electric sales" by repealing language that excludes hydropower supplied by federal agencies from total retail electric sales regardless of whether the power is provided directly to the distribution utility by the federal agency or pooled or allocated with other power. This language was added to the statute in 2011 and is no longer needed by removing the hydropower capacity cap.


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