Posts Categorized: Clean Energy

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Veto of Bill that Would Cripple the PUC

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, energy costs, news release, PUC, renewable energy, solar.

March 21, 2017 (St. Paul, Minn.) — Last night, Governor Dayton followed through on a promise made last month when used his veto pen on a bill that would have weakened the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and punish Minnesota’s solar customers by removing PUC oversight of excessive charnges by rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities… Read more »

MEP and members urge consideration on key priorities and concerns at legislature

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Clean Water, Defense, Loon Commons blog, Sign-on Letter.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill Conferees calling their attention to the priorities and concerns of the environmental and conservation community of Minnesota. Dear Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill Conferees: As the Conference Committee convenes to consider differences in the House and Senate versions of the Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations… Read more »

Climate change is a daunting challenge, but Minnesota still has healthy choices

Posted by & filed under air pollution, carbon pollution, carbon pollution standard, clean air, Clean Energy, climate change, Energy, Health, Loon Commons blog.

By Robert Moffitt, American Lung Association This post originally appeared in MinnPost We see evidence of climate disruption every day, right in our own backyard. The ragweed pollen season has increased by over two weeks in the past 15 years, causing plenty of discomfort to those with allergies. Extreme weather events and changes to the… Read more »

Legislature misses the mark on environmental issues; advocates urge Governor to stand his ground

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Clean Water, Energy, Legislature, news, news release, transportation.

May 18, 2015, St. Paul, Minn – As the Minnesota Legislature prepares to adjourn later today, it’s clear that the outcomes of this Session will be marked by steps backward and missed opportunities for the precious Great Outdoors Minnesotans value dearly. “When we ask Minnesotans what they value most about our state, they talk about… Read more »

Sand, Land & Land Stewardship

Posted by & filed under agriculture, clean air, Clean Energy, clean energy development, clean energy future, Energy, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog.

By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project For longer than I can remember, my family has taken the same route from our farm in southeast Minnesota to visit my grandparents in north-central Wisconsin. The first leg of the four-hour trip takes us across the Mississippi River and through the farmland, pastures and rolling, wooded hills of… Read more »

Gov. Dayton: This is Farmland, Not Fracland

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Energy, Energy, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Groundwater management, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog.

By Bob Christie NOTE: Land Stewardship Project members and staff met with Governor Mark Dayton about frac sand mining issues on Dec. 4 in Winona, Minn. The meeting began with Bob Christie of Utica, Minn., sharing his perspective as a lifelong farmer on why frac sand mining is wrong for southeast Minnesota. Gov. Dayton was… Read more »

Lawmakers Announce Bill Aimed to Build Up Minnesota’s Solar Capacity, Create Jobs

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, solar.

State Sen. Eaton, Rep. Morgan Joined by Labor, Business, and Environmental Leaders to Roll Out Solar Energy Jobs Act ST. PAUL, MN – State lawmakers rolled out an ambitious plan today designed to grow the solar energy industry in Minnesota and create thousands of good jobs. State Senator Chris Eaton (DFL – Brooklyn Center) and… Read more »

2012’s Environmental Gains and Losses

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Energy, Funding for the Environment, Health, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Polling, renewable energy development, solar, solar power, State Budget, transportation, transportation planning, Water.

By Steve Morse, executive director of MEP Now that the 2012 Legislative session has ended and the commotion about the stadium has somewhat subsided, let’s look back at what our elected leaders did on some issues that garnered less press, but faced significant threats: Minnesota’s water and Great Outdoors. Sadly, for those keeping score, the… Read more »