Minnesota lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow wind and solar companies to export power to other states without having to apply for a certificate of need from state regulators. The state has an installed wind power capacity of about 3,000 megawatts, almost all of which are used by the state. "The purpose of certificate of need is to protect electric ratepayers from unnecessary projects that a regulated utility would want to build to increase their rate base but not for the benefit of the electric system. It's a protection against the monopoly power of the utility," said Joe Sullivan, regional policy manager for Wind on the Wires.
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