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.