On Friday, March 8, a broad spectrum of people—including polar explorer Will Steger, farmers, scientists, and faith, youth, and labor leaders—testified in favor of a bill (HF880/SF763) that will increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to 40 percent by 2030.
The RES was included in the House Omnibus Energy Bill, which passed through the House Energy Policy Committee on Wednesday, March 13. We expect the omnibus bill to move through the Minnesota Capitol quickly in the next few weeks, and it will most likely face serious opposition when it’s heard in the Senate.
Why more wind, and why now?
Minnesota already has an RES of 25 percent by 2025, which passed in 2007, and the state is well on its way to transitioning to clean, renewable energy. But a 40-percent RES presents significant economic opportunities that we—and our policy makers—can’t afford to ignore.
Even though Minnesota’s current RES has created thousands of jobs and driven a strong market for wind energy, Minnesota is now seventh in the nation for installed wind farms, proving we still have work to do if we want to stay competitive. Increasing the RES to 40 percent by 2030 will create jobs throughout the state and develop a larger market for renewable energy. This will in turn ensure that more renewable energy products are produced here in Minnesota, creating jobs for Minnesotans and sending a message to companies that our state is open for renewable energy business. As a result, Minnesota will reclaim its place as a national leader in clean energy production.
Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign rallies support for bill
The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign—a joint effort of Fresh Energy and more than 30 diverse organizations and clean energy businesses—has made the stronger RES a key part of its policy agenda. In coming weeks, the campaign will galvanize support for the bill, but Minnesotans need to show their support for clean energy during each step of the legislative process.
Take Action: Tell your legislators that you support a stronger Renewable Energy Standard
Tell your legislators to build on the clean energy progress that Minnesota has already made by strengthening our state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030. Contact your Minnesota senator and representative today (find their contact information) and urge them to support legislation that creates jobs and speeds Minnesota’s transition to clean energy.