Monday, February 19, 2007

Minnesota passes nation's strongest Renewable Energy Standard

In a landslide vote of 123-10, the Minnesota House passed the strongest Renewable Energy Standard in the United States. The bill has the support of Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty, as well as energy and environmental groups, business, and utilities. Earlier this month, the Senate passed the measure overwhelmingly 61-4 and a swift signing is expected from Pawlenty.

The Renewable Energy Standard (S.F. 4) requires Minnesota's largest utility, Xcel Energy, to secure 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, while other utilities’ target is 20 percent by 2025. The state average of 25 percent renewable energy by 2020 is the most aggressive in the nation.

Representative Aaron Peterson (D-Appleton) is the House author.
"If you provide the standard, jobs will follow. If you provide the megawatts, businesses will come," he said on the House floor.

This is personally thrilling for me not only because I call Minnesota home, but because I have been working on this Renewable Energy Standard for the past three years at Fresh Energy. Watching this vision unfold into meaningful legislation supported by Democrats, Republicans, businesses, energy and environmental organizations, and utilities has been energizing and rejuvenating, and I am hopeful that we all really can come together to create a clean and efficient energy future.

Cross posted at Green Options.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good work MN ! Putting us Californians to shame.