Minnesota as a Clean Energy Leader
Minnesota has taken great strides toward a sustainable energy economy and our state has tremendous potential to be a true clean-energy leader in our country.
Our progressive energy policies have built a strong clean-energy economy and demonstrated that cutting carbon pollution grows jobs, reduces waste, cleans our air, and generates economic opportunities for all Minnesotans.1 But there’s a lot more work to do, and now is not the time to turn the clock backwards on progress.
Minnesota has 131 companies in the supply chains of the wind and solar industries, and many of these companies are growing and expanding, adding more jobs because of Minnesota’s renewable energy policies.2
The coalition of more than 70 environmental and conservation nonprofits in the Minnesota Environmental Partnership will defend existing clean energy laws from being weakened or repealed. These include progressive energy policies that increase our use of renewable energy sources, provide incentives to utilities to promote energy efficiency, and achieve the goal of reducing Minnesota’s carbon pollution by 80% by 2050.
MEP supports raising Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard to 50% by 2030 to build on previous success in reaching statewide goals and continue the economic boom in the clean energy sector.
We urge lawmakers to protect the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) and we oppose efforts to weaken the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) or Environmental Quality Board (EQB).
We oppose short-sighted efforts to block, undermine, or undo Minnesota’s Clean Energy laws.