Candidates Respond to 2016 Energy Questions

Candidates Respond to 2016 Energy Questions

With the election fast approaching, Renville-Sibley was interested learning the position of our local candidates on energy related issues.

Candidates vying for the position of State Representative serving serve Renville-Sibley members (District 16B, 17A and 18B) and State Senate (District 16, 17 and 18) were contacted to see if they would give their position on five energy related questions.  More information can be found about each candidate at vote.coop. Candidates contacted are as follows:

 

District 16B: (map)

Representative Paul Torkelson

Austin Grossenburg

District 17A: (map)

Representative Tim Miller

Andrew Falk

District 18B: (map)

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

Darrel Mosel

State Senate District 16 (map)

Senator Gary Dahms

James Kanne

State Senate District 17 (map)

Senator Lyle Koenen

Andrew Lang

State Senate District 18 (map)

Senator Scott Newman

Amy Wilde

 

The question and each candidate’s response is listed below. As of this posting, a response has not been received from the following candidates:

·         Representative Paul Torkelson

·         Austin Grossenburg

·         Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

·         Darrel Mosel

·         James Kanne

Senator Lyle Koenen

·         Andrew Lang

 

Their responses will be posted when received. Renville-Sibley thanks each of the candidates for taking time out of their busy schedule to answer these questions for the membership.

 

  1. What do you believe is the role of an electric cooperative in the community?

District 16B responses:

District 17A responses:

District 18B responses:

State Senate District 16

State Senate District 17

State Senate District 18

 

  1. Do you believe the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) should be involved in setting rates, fees and charges for unregulated electric cooperatives that are governed by their consumers (members) through a member-elected Board of Directors?

District 16B responses:

District 17A responses:

District 18B responses:

State Senate District 16

State Senate District 17

State Senate District 18

 

  1. What is your stance on the net metering laws in Minnesota? Do you believe electric cooperatives should be required to buy excess generation from members who own distributed generation? Do you think it is fair to require electric cooperatives to pay the retail rate rather than the lower rate at which they purchase power from the market (wholesale rate)?  

District 16B responses:

District 17A responses:

District 18B responses:

State Senate District 16

State Senate District 17

State Senate District 18

 

  1. Right now, Renville-Sibley Co-op Power is trying to balance environmental goals with reliability and affordability. Are you concerned that the Clean Power Plan and additional proposed regulations in Minnesota will tip this balance away from affordability for our members?

District 16B responses:

District 17A responses:

District 18B responses:

State Senate District 16

State Senate District 17

State Senate District 18

 

  1. What is the biggest issue facing your district and how will you help alleviate this issue?

District 16B responses:

District 17A responses:

District 18B responses:

State Senate District 16

State Senate District 17

State Senate District 18

 

If you would like to see each candidate’s response to all the questions, click on the candidate’s name below.

District 16B: 

Representative Paul Torkelson

Austin Grossenburg

District 17A: 

Representative Tim Miller

Andrew Falk

District 18B: 

Representative Glenn Gruenhagen

Darrel Mosel

State Senate District 16:

Senator Gary Dahms

James Kanne

State Senate District 17:

Senator Lyle Koenen

Andrew Lang

State Senate District 18:

Senator Scott Newman

Amy Wilde

Pioneer Public Television hosted a local candidate debate. To view this debate, click on the following link: Pioneer Public TV Candidate Debate

 

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