A brutal storm ripped through southwestern Minnesota in April and snapped 2,000 power poles. Worthington Public Utilities kept the lights on with a seat-of-the-pants microgrid.
(1) the regulatory rate freeze imposed under the state's restructuring scheme,
(2) the state-imposed duty to serve that forced Edison to supply electricity to retail customers regardless of price, and
(3) the Jan. 4 order by the state public utility commission that Edison said barred it from obtaining funds to meet its payment obligations to the PX.