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Minnesota's legislative session ended Monday, May 20.
So what happened? How did the issues that matter to you—solar power, transit, renewable energy—fare this year?
In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature adopted its most significant clean energy reforms since 2007. Bills passed into law were a good first step in answering Governor Mark Dayton’s call to transition to a cleaner energy future that creates thousands of jobs for Minnesotans. Learn more about our clean energy and efficiency accomplishments at the legislature this year.View Full Story
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Minnesota spends more than $20 billion annually on energy, yet none of it—coal, oil, uranium, and natural gas—is native to our state. Energy efficiency provides the cheapest, cleanest route to fulfilling our state’s energy needs while creating jobs, significantly reducing pollution, and keeping more money in our local economies. Fresh Energy is pursuing two different pieces of legislation this session that will help Minnesota make the most of energy efficiency.View Full Story
Today, Minnesota Power filed its Integrated Resource Plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, opening a public comment period on how the state’s second largest investor-owned electric utility will improve northern Minnesota’s energy portfolio for the next 15 years.View Full Story
On February 8, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance requiring large commercial buildings to report and publicly disclose energy consumption, making it the first Midwestern city to adopt such a policy.View Full Story
Today, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, on behalf of over 100 Minnesota citizens, filed a request for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Minnesota Power’s proposal to spend $350 million to continue operating one coal burning unit at its Boswell Energy Center—known as unit 4.View Full Story
Following a confirmation hearing this morning before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Fresh Energy, a supporter of federal clean air and climate safeguards, announced its strong support for Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthy.View Full Story
On March 14, the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis will present a free public forum on climate change and its worldwide impact at Mayflower Community Congregational UCC in south Minneapolis.View Full Story
The effort to pass a new metro-area sales tax to fund critical investments in transit and biking and walking connections has officially failed for this year. The story of transit in 2013 showcases the highs and lows of trying to pass transformative public investments.View Full Story
The effort to pass a new metro-area sales tax to fund critical investments in transit, biking, and walking has officially failed for this legislative session.View Full Story
On May 10, the Minnesota Senate passed a slightly modified version of an earlier comprehensive transportation funding bill 35-27. Fresh Energy supports this bill, which will provide transformative funding for transit, walking, and biking, and needed road funding.View Full Story