CLEAN ENERGY IS AVAILABLE HERE AND NOW
Minnesota has long been a clean energy leader. We are already on track to meet existing renewable energy requirements, but there is much more we need to and can do. Minnesota has an opportunity to build on existing law to help Minnesota transition to clean, renewable energy, while helping preserve Minnesota’s four seasons, create good jobs, invest in communities across Minnesota, and save money for families and businesses in the long run.
Adopting a responsible clean energy plan for our state is the right thing to do. This plan will build on existing laws to transition our state to clean renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. We support:
- Increasing the existing Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 40% by 2030. Right now, Minnesotans get 15% of our energy from renewables, but we’re only using 1% of our wind potential. Improving the RES will help save money in the long-run and create family-sustaining jobs here in our state—especially in Greater Minnesota. Renewable energy is also cost effective and is only becoming more so each year. The cost of wind power has dropped 58% in the past five years, and is the cheapest form of energy besides energy efficiency. ¹ This technology is available here
and now. A recent study commissioned by the 2013 Legislature found Minnesota’s current electric power generation and distribution system would accommodate 40% of its supply from wind and solar generation.²
- Improve the yearly energy savings goal for utilities from 1.5% to 2%. The goal currently in law is already saving enough energy to power more than 102,000 homes. ³ Improving it will create good jobs in construction and manufacturing and save money for families and businesses in the long run.
- Implement policies that will grow renewable energy in Greater Minnesota. These policies will help cities grow renewable energy in a smart way and provide a tax credit for Greater Minnesota farmers and businesses to buy and install small-scale wind turbines, clean energy storage and other technologies.
¹ Lazard, Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis, September 2014
² Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Study, October 2014
³ Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program Energy and Carbon Dioxide Savings Report for 2010-2011