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In a 37-26 vote Friday, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that would require the state's investor-owned utilities to procure 1% of their electricity from solar power by 2025.

Earlier last week, the state House passed companion legislation that aimed for a 4% by 2025 solar carve-out. The two bills now go to a committee to address their differences.

According to a StarTribune report, DFL Sen. John Marty, who sponsored the Senate legislation, said, "This bill started out more aggressively than this. It’s a compromise here."

Nonetheless, some Senate Republicans and local utilities, including Xcel Energy, are concerned that a solar carve-out will cost ratepayers too much. For example, Xcel said the 1% mandate would cost $250 million, according to the StarTribune.




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