Mar
06
2007

Renewable energy standards

Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard (RES) set high.

High standard set by Minnesota: MN State Government
High standard set by Minnesota: MN State Government
Minnesota passed legislation (S.F. 4) that 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.

"I just think this is a landmark moment for our state," Pawlenty told about 150 lawmakers, environmentalists, utility representatives and academics at the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
The legislation is expected to produce thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments over the next couple of decades. (Feb 22/07) Pioneer Press

Renewable Energy Standard wins by a landslide

Minnesota's Senate voted 61-4 and the House of Representatives voted 123-10 which shows the overwhelming support for mandating renewable energy production.

"Right now, Minnesota imports more electricity than any other state. We need to keep more of our money at home," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Aaron Peterson, DFL-Appleton.

It has been estimated that, when implemented, the use of renewable energy under the bill will save consumers and businesses as much as $500 million a year. StarTribune

Renewable energy cost worries refuted

Passage of the RES was aided by the results of a recent study released by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The study found that utilities could use wind power to generate up to 25 percent of their energy mix without a significant impact on energy costs. (gov. news release)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am concerned about the amount that excel has been able to charge its customers. I see having excel in charge without seroius restrictions from the general public whom they the honor to service is dangerous. I believe they are not running the business on the up and up.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 2:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

unbelievable stuff. oofta

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 1:42pm
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Anonymousjjxxx8jv80iv8vji9i8ngjbmm says:

local control should have rights

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:56pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The cleanest energy is energy we do not use.
Over at Loon Commons: A blog on Minnesota’s Environment, lobbyist John Tuma, gives an update of this weeks drama involved in debating legislation involving our state's energy future.

SF997/HF1221 authored by Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL - Minneapolis) and Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL - Linstrom) overcame two committee hearings this week. The bill received positive reception in the Senate Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee and in the House Energy Finance & Policy Division.

If you are into learning about how to change the world via changing laws, read how law makers are modifying the Global Warming Mitigation Act of 2007.

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:19am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The cleanest energy is energy we do not use.
Over at Loon Commons: A blog on Minnesota’s Environment, lobbyist John Tuma, gives an update of this weeks drama involved in debating how to word legislation involving our state's energy future.

SF997/HF1221 authored by Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL - Minneapolis) and Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL - Linstrom) overcame two committee hearings this week. The bill received positive reception in the Senate Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee and in the House Energy Finance & Policy Division.

If you are into learning about how to change the world via changing laws, read how law makers are modifying the Global Warming Mitigation Act of 2007.

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Well we're a pushy state arent we!!! We're more worried about renewable energy sources, than we are education for todays young ones. This is outrageous!

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 5:22pm

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