UPDATE: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed HF 234/SF 141
Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s veto of HF 234/SF 141:
“SEIA and the solar industry commend Governor Dayton for vetoing legislation that would have stripped rural Minnesota residents of critical consumer protection and hindered solar’s growth in the state. In doing so, Dayton stood up for both consumers and economic growth.
“Due to policies championed by the Governor, Minnesota emerged as a national leader in solar energy last year. The state installed more community solar than any other state in the country. The Governor’s decision ensures that more Minnesotans can access solar energy and that clean energy jobs continue to grow.”
The following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the Minnesota state legislature’s passage of HF 234/SF 141:
“Under Gov. Dayton’s leadership, Minnesota has transformed into a national leader in solar energy with nearly 3,000 solar jobs in the state. However, HF 234/SF 141 risks slowing that progress. This bill would enable cooperative utilities to target solar customers with unfair fees and limit their ability to fight back, making it more difficult for Minnesota residents to go solar.
“This is consistent with a larger nationwide trend by entrenched interests to discourage customers electricity choice with unreasonable fixed fees designed to reduce customers’ ability to control their electric bills and stifle competition from the burgeoning solar industry. Existing law provides for a fair review of such proposals by utility regulators. We urge Gov. Dayton to veto this legislation so solar’s economic contribution can continue to grow, not contract, in Minnesota.”
News item from SEIA