New reports address Minnesota's Energy Future, the Value of Solar Thermal, and Utility Energy Storage

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The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) has posted three reports as required by state legislation passed in 2013.

The three reports are available as PDFs on the Energy Reports section of the Division of Energy Resources website, or can be accessed using the links below.

The three reports, commissioned by DOC, include:

  • Scoping an Energy Future Study for Minnesota – The Scoping an Energy Future Study for Minnesota develops a scope for a study of how Minnesota can achieve a sustainable energy system that does not rely on fossil fuels. The report identifies potential approaches and considerations to assess cross-sector opportunities in electrical, transportation, thermal, industrial, and agricultural sectors.

  • The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) in Minnesota: Solar Thermal and Minnesota Energy and Climate Goals – The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling in Minnesota report analyzes the potential costs and benefits of expanding the installation of solar thermal projects in residential and commercial buildings in Minnesota. The report identifies the most promising opportunities for deployment.

  • White Paper Analysis of Utility-Managed, On-Site Energy Storage in Minnesota – The White Paper Analysis of Utility-Managed, On-Site Energy Storage in Minnesota examines the potential costs and benefits of grid-connected electrical energy storage technology located at the utility customer in the State of Minnesota. The investigation included standalone storage and storage integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV), and it considered both residential and commercial customer sites.

 
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