Clean Energy

News Release: Victory for clean air as Minnesota Public Utilities Commission orders Otter Tail Power to stop burning coal at Hoot Lake coal plant by 2020

Today, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission ordered Otter Tail Power to retire its Hoot Lake coal plant in Fergus Falls by 2020. The announcement comes just one day after Minnesota Power, the state’s second-largest utility company, announced plans to phase out burning coal at two of their facilities.

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Global Warming

Loving the challenge: Fresh Energy board member rides the Arrowhead 135 ultra-endurance race to fight global warming

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Meet Randy Anderson, a Fresh Energy board member who is committed to fighting climate change. Early this morning, Randy embarked on the Arrowhead 135, a 135-mile ultra-endurance bike race across the rugged Arrowhead State Trail from International Falls to Tower, Minnesota. Recognizing how much he treasures Minnesota’s winters and wants to leave his son a healthy vibrant world, Randy (#74) is dedicating his race to raising money for Fresh Energy. And you can join him!

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Clean Energy

This week’s Midwest Energy News: Pew report shows benefits (and need) for coherent energy policy, Chicago boosts its battery power, and more

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Plus: Murray Energy, which made headlines for blaming layoffs on President Obama’s re-election, is calling back workers to an Ohio coal mine.

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Transportation & Land Use

Dayton budget offers encouraging start for transit

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Governor Mark Dayton released his proposed budget today. While the primary headlines will feature proposed spending increases and income tax hikes, the budget also includes new sales tax revenue for what Governor Dayton calls “a transit system to support economic growth” in the Twin Cities and across the state.

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Clean Energy

This week’s Midwest Energy News: Upgrading Minnesota’s electrical grid, breaking down car-bike collisions in Minneapolis, and more

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Plus: A report released earlier this week finds that soot is a far stronger agent of climate change than previously thought, second only to carbon dioxide.

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Energy Efficiency

Minneapolis considers mandatory energy use disclosure for city’s biggest users

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If you’ve cut your family’s energy and water use at home, you know your efforts have saved money and helped the environment. But have you wondered if owners of those big buildings in downtown Minneapolis are following suit? The City of Minneapolis is taking steps that will make that information available, building awareness and showcasing commercial buildings that have already beefed up their energy efficiency.

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Transportation & Land Use

Why is transit funding Fresh Energy’s top issue this legislative session?

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A first-class transit system in the Twin Cities tops our list of legislative priorities this year. Why? Because investing now will accrue billions of dollars in economic benefits over the next few decades.

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Global Warming

Take Action: Minnesota Senate committee holds climate change impact hearings

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On January 22 and 24, the Minnesota Senate Committee on Environment and Energy will hold two days of hearings on the impact of climate change in Minnesota. If your state senator is on the committee, urge him or her to listen closely at the hearings and take action in 2013.

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