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Xcel, clean energy groups to regulators: Assign a cost to carbon emissions

By District Energy posted 07-24-2017 12:15


Elizabeth Dunbar, MPR News
July 21, 2017


As state regulators consider how utilities generate electricity in the future, they should assume a much higher social cost of emitting carbon dioxide than is used today, Xcel Energy, an IDEA member, and a coalition of clean energy and health advocates argued Friday.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide next week whether the state should adopt the federal social cost of carbon, which ranges from $12 to $62 per metric ton for the year 2020. And even those values may be too low, said Kevin Lee, an attorney for a group of health professionals.

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