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    lehman scott, Calamity Jean

    Minnesota implemented a renewable energy mandate in 2007. For the state's main electicity provider, Xcel Energy, the mandate is 31.5% renewables by 2020. The percentage is less for smaller providers, local power coops, etc.

    Based on data I found on the US Energy Information Administration website, Minnesota's residential rates are .8 cents higher per Kwh than Georgia's. Yep, that's some huge rate premium we are paying...eight tenths of one cent.

    Even better: Minnesota's commerical electric rates are actually lower than Georgia's by about half a cent per Kwh. Maybe now you can see what the Kochs are afraid of: both losing market share and being undercut on price.

    In an effort to be somewhat evenhanded, I will offer that Minnesota has extraordinarily good conditions for wind generation and that is where the vast majority of our renewables come from. If Georgia had to rely much more heavily on solar then perhaps they would see some relatively higher costs.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:10:00 PM PDT

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