Federal regulators are pointing to Minnesota policies as examples of how to cut greenhouse gases by 30 percent at the nation’s power plants under rules the Obama administration proposed Monday.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules, ultimately to be drafted by states, requiring investments in energy efficiency and renewable and lower-carbon energy such as natural gas—policies that have been in place in Minnesota for years.
“This is very different from anything they have done before — the fact that they are allowing massive amounts of flexibility in how you meet it,” said David Thornton, assistant commissioner for air policy at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which will be responsible for the state’s plan. “I am rather assured by the fact that we know how to do this.”
This article was originally published on June 3, 2014 in its entirety in the Star Tribune.