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Judge finds Minnesota energy law unconstitutional

April 18, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has found that a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it.

In a 48-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said Friday that the Next Generation Energy Act passed in 2007 effectively blocks North Dakota utilities from exporting electricity into the state.

And she says it improperly requires them to seek approval from Minnesota in order to do business.

It was not immediately clear if Minnesota officials would appeal. Minnesota Public Utilities Commission spokesman Dan Wolf says attorneys are reviewing the opinion.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the ruling is a vindication, and he's always felt that North Dakota businesses shouldn't have to ask Minnesota regulators for permission to operate.

 
 

 

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