State Policy: State Agencies

There are several state agencies with oversight over utilities' operations, capital investments, and environmental impacts.

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER)

The Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources provides oversight of many energy-related programs and issues, including utility Conservation Improvement Programs, low income heating assistance and weatherization programs, environmental analysis of energy developments, and providing energy-savings information to consumers.

  • Utility Annual Reporting - All Minnesota electric utilities are required by the state to file three reports regarding distributed generation annually.  See the Annual Reporting page of the DER website for the necessary spreadsheets and instructions.
  1. Qualifying Facilities Report - Due every March 1; for reporting energy amounts sold to and purchased from net-metered customer facilities; should be filed electronically with the DER through the DER/PUC eFiling website.
  2. Distributed Generation Interconnection Report - Due every March 1; for reporting distributed generation facilities that have been connected or disconnected in the prior year; should be filed electronically with the DER through the DER/PUC eFiling website.
  3.  Cogeneration and Small Power Production Tariff Schedules - Due every January 1; all municipal electric utilities are required to file state-provided rate schedule spreadsheets with their local governing council or commission.
  • Conservation & Efficiency - The DER's Conservation Improvement Program page provides information and resources on  programs established to help meet the state's energy savings goals.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

The Pollution Control Agency monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance and enforces environmental regulations.

  • Air - The MPCA monitors air pollutants, makes rules and enforces laws to maintain air quality, and issues permits to facilities to control air pollution.
  • Water - The MPCA monitors water quality and sets water quality standards.

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC)

The Public Utilities Commission regulates Minnesota's public utilities and has oversight over the construction and modification of large energy facilities, such as power plants, transmission lines, and pipelines.  The Commission also keeps and updates the state's official Electric Utility Service Areas map which shows the service territories of all of Minnesota's electric utilities.  (Note: Check the box in the map legend to display service area boundaries.)

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