Plans for the Prairie Island Indian Community to use renewable energy sources to become a net zero emissions community received extensions for a bidding deadline and an appropriation from the Renewable Development Account administered by the state.
With the change, the Prairie Island Indian Community has until Jan. 1, 2023, to receive bids from three separate contractors and submit the project’s certified total cost to the Department of Commerce. The law also extends the availability of its appropriation through June 30, 2031.
Definitions are also provided for “certified total cost” and rules set for reserving a portion of the appropriation for expenditures that exceed the certified total cost.
The law took effect March 25, 2022.
It is sponsored by Rep. Jamie Long (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. Michael Goggin (R-Red Wing).