Legislation passed in 2013 requires the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to establish a Value of Solar (VOS) Methodology (Minn. Statute § 216B.164, Subd. 10). Key points of the statute include :
See Docket No: E999/M-14-65 for ongoing developments in the PUC review process.
January 31, 2014 - The Department of Commerce submitted the Minnesota Value of Solar Methodology (.pdf) and Department Comments to the PUC on January 31, 2014 (Docket No: E999/M-14-65, In the Matter of Establishing a Distributed Solar Value Methodology under Minn. Stat. § 216B.164, subds. 10 (e) and (f).)
The PUC posted a Notice of Expedited Comment period with additional information on comment due dates and expected hearing date.
December 10, 2013 – due date for Third Round of Comments on the Minnesota VOST Methodology
In the third round of comments, the Department of Commerce requested stakeholder responses to the Draft VOS Methodology (the Draft VOS Methodology was presented on November 19th, 2013 at the Value of Solar Tariff Methodology Workshop 4). These comments were used to inform the final draft VOST Methodology.
November 19, 2013 - Value of Solar Tariff Methodology Workshop 4: Draft Methodology (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
October 15, 2013 - Value of Solar Tariff Methodology Workshop 3: Stakeholder Discussion
October 8, 2013 - due date for Second Round of Comments on the Minnesota VOST Methodology
In the second round of comments, the Department of Commerce requested stakeholder responses to questions on components and methodology (above). These responses were used to frame the October 15, 2013 Stakeholder Workshop.
October 1, 2013 - VOS Methodology Workshop 2: Methodologies and Perspectives
(This workshop provided a review of a proposed approach to methodology, stakeholder perspectives, and identification of key issues with a facilitated discussion.)
September 20, 2013 - due date for Initial Comments on the Minnesota VOST Methodology
These comments (above) were used to frame the Stakeholders Perspectives portion of the October 1 Stakeholder Workshop.
September 17, 2013 - VOS Methodology Workshop 1: Overview of National Efforts
(This stakeholder workshop provided an overview of solar photovoltaic benefit and cost studies with an opportunity for stakeholder Q&A.)