e21 Initiative

The e21 Initiative aims to develop a more customer-centric and sustainable framework for utility regulation in Minnesota that better aligns how utilities earn revenue with public policy goals, new customer expectations, and the changing technology landscape.

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e21 was launched in 2014 to provide a collaborative forum outside of the formal regulatory process to respond to profound changes in the electric sector. The initiative brings together key interests including utilities, consumer advocates, energy technology companies, other businesses, environmental and academic organizations, and government to accomplish this goal and enable Minnesota to continue to lead in shaping an electric system for the 21st century.

Phase 1: In its first phase (Feb. to Dec. 2014), e21 achieved consensus that Minnesota should evolve toward a more consumer-centric, performance-based regulatory approach and utility business model (see Phase I Report).

Phase 2: e21’s second phase (January 2015 to December 2016) was devoted to developing the next level of detail necessary for implementation of its Phase I recommendations. A set of white papers on performance-based compensation, integrated systems planning, and grid modernization was published in an e21 Phase II Report.

Phase 3e21's third and final phase (January 2017 to now) proposes to bring stakeholders together to learn about innovative pilot projects and activities in Minnesota and beyond, support stakeholder engagement in those projects, and ultimately shorten the distance between good ideas and implementation to move us toward a 21st century electric system in Minnesota.

e21 is convened by the Great Plains Institute and the Center for Energy and Environment.


e21 Forum Convenes Stakeholders to Explore Consumer-Centric Rates and Performance-Based Compensation

Over 50 people gathered in Minnesota to discuss important issues facing the electric sector.

Collaboration on Utility Regulation and Grid Modernization in Minnesota Recognized by Regional and National Media

Media highlights efforts by stakeholders to address changes in the electricity system.

e21 Initiative Issues New Report

e21's Phase II report will enable Minnesota to continue its leadership in shaping an electric system for the 21st century.


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