Minnesota on track to meet renewable energy goal

Minnesota electric utilities likely will meet the state’s renewable energy standard, the state Commerce Department reports.

One of the country’s strictest standards, it requires 25 percent of a utility’s electric generation come from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2025.

Other than Xcel Energy, utilities must have produced 7 percent of their power from renewable sources by last year. Xcel, which sells half of the state’s electricity, was requires to reach 15 percent. The goals apparently were met, although final figures are not available.

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