On November 1, 2018, Northern States Power Minnesota, d/b/a Xcel Energy, filed its first Integrated Distribution Plan (IDP), fulfilling the requirements of an IDP Order issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) on August 30, 2018. The comprehensive filing includes a wealth of information regarding the current state of the distribution system, notice of near-term investments, and a 15-year roadmap of potential future investments. The plan highlights Xcel Energy’s focus on customers, linking the grid investments to the expected customer benefits and new offerings. Xcel Energy notes that it intends to formally request approval for the investments and bring forward the costs and benefits for the MPUC’s approval through future IDP/grid modernization filings or as part of a general rate case.
Xcel Energy’s Roadmap of Investments (p. 21 of the IDP Filing)
Though it includes similar elements to California Distribution Resource Plans (DRPs) and New York Distribution System Implementation Plans (DSIPs), such as hosting capacity and non-wires alternatives, Xcel Energy’s plan in Minnesota takes a more measured approach. Their IDP focuses on building the foundational elements and piloting innovative programs and technologies for more advanced applications that proceed at the “pace of value” for its customers. The filing also includes a more robust grid modernization plan as compared to the DRPs and DSIPs filings. By moving forward with the foundational investments now, Xcel Energy is sequencing investments to build capabilities as they are needed and is setting the stage for planning and operating in an environment that may see increases in DER.
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