Governor Dayton Stands Up for Rural Clean Energy Customers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2017

Media Contact:
Margaret Levin – Margaret.levin@sierraclub.org, 612-659-9124

Saint Paul, MINN. (March 20, 2017) – Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced his veto of House File 234, a bill that would remove protection by the Public Utilities Commission for renewable energy customers served by rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.

Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter issued the following statement in response:

“Minnesota wind and solar customers deserve the same level of protection regardless of where they live and which utility happens to serve their community. Governor Dayton’s decision to veto this legislation ensures that clean energy customers served by rural electric coops and municipal utilities will continue to have at least some recourse when faced with onerous and burdensome fees and surcharges by their electric utility.

The Governor’s decision also sends a clear signal that Minnesotans value the critical role that the Public Utilities Commission plays in protecting ratepayers and consumers from utility decisions that are not in the public interest. We applaud the Governor’s decision today, and look forward to continuing our work to ensure that rural Minnesotans have access to clean and affordable renewable energy.”

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