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________________________________ Burl W.

Haar, Executive Secretary

STATE OF MINNESOTA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION


NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD ON XCEL ENERGYS PLAN FOR A COMMUNITY SOLAR GARDEN PROGRAM
Issued: October 4, 2013 In the Matter of Xcel Energys Plan for a Community Solar Garden Program Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 216B.1641 PUC Docket Number: Comment Period: E-002/M-13-867

Initial comment period closes November 6, 2013 at 4:30pm. Reply comment period closes December 6, 2013 at 4:30pm.

Topics Open for Comment: Does Xcels proposed plan for operating a community solar garden (CSG) meet all the program design requirements, as well as the terms and conditions in Minn. Stat. 216B.1641? Are there other relevant program design features or terms and conditions required for a successful program? Does Xcels plan contain sufficient disclosure and protection for Xcel customers/program subscribers, including the identification of all information that must be provided to potential subscribers to ensure fair disclosure of future costs and benefits of subscriptions? Prior to the establishment of a Value of Solar rate, pursuant to Minn. Stat. 216B164, subd. 10, what should be the interim rate paid to subscribers by Xcel for the purchased energy and transfer of renewable energy credits (RECs)? How long should this interim rate remain in effect? Is the implementation schedule for the CSG program included in Xcels plan reasonable and consistent with the public interest? Is the proposed mechanism that allows Xcel to recover interconnection costs for each community solar garden fair and reasonable? Are the means by which Xcel proposes to promote its CSG program sufficient? Is Xcels proposal for an application and approval process reasonable? Are Xcels proposed Consumer Solar Garden Operator deposits and fees fair and reasonable?

PHONE 651-296-7124 TOLL FREE 800-657-3782 FAX 651-297-7073 CONSUMER.PUC@STATE.MN.US 121 7TH PLACE EAST SUITE 350 SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55101-2147 WWW.PUC.STATE.MN.US

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Project Background: Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 216B.1641, Xcel is required to file a plan with the Commission by September 30, 2013 to operate a community solar garden program. Many of the terms and conditions for the new program are defined in statute. Interested parties wishing to comment should review this section of statute prior to filing comments. Submit Public Comments: E-mail to PublicComments.PUC@state.mn.us. Persons without e-mail access may send by U.S. mail to Burl Haar, Executive Secretary, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul MN 55101-2147. Please include the Commissions docket number in all communications. Filing Requirements: Utilities, telecommunications carriers, official parties, and state agencies are required to file documents using the Commissions electronic filing system (eFiling). All parties, participants and interested persons are encouraged to use eFiling: www.puc.state.mn.us, select eFiling, and follow the prompts. Full Case Record: All documents filed in this docket are available on the Commissions website at www.puc.state.mn.us, select Search eDockets, enter the year (13) and the docket number (867), select Search. Subscribe to the Docket: Receive notification when new documents are filed in this docket at www.puc.state.mn.us, select Subscribe to a Docket, and follow the prompts. Questions about this docket or Commission process and procedure? Contact Commission staff Susan Mackenzie at susan.mackenzie@state.mn.us or Andy Bahn at andy.bahn@state.mn.us . Change your mailing preferences: E-mail docketing.puc@state.mn.us or call 651-201-2204. This document can be made available in alternative formats (e.g., large print or audio) by calling 651-296-0406 (voice). Persons with hearing loss or speech disabilities may call us through their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.

PHONE 651-296-7124 TOLL FREE 800-657-3782 FAX 651-297-7073 CONSUMER.PUC@STATE.MN.US 121 7TH PLACE EAST SUITE 350 SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55101-2147 WWW.PUC.STATE.MN.US