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Global Warming

J. Drake Hamilton recognized as top climate leader

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Fresh Energy’s science policy director, J. Drake Hamilton, was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Climate Leaders of 2015-2016 by the Climate Reality Project. J.’s actions on climate leadership led her to receiving the #6 award out of nearly 11,000 global leaders. At Fresh Energy, J. continues to inspire and encourage diverse audiences to support climate and energy policies that combat the threat of global warming and create a clean energy future. If you would like J. to speak at your event, please contact her at 651-726-7562 or Hamilton@fresh-energy.org.

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Clean Energy

EPA agrees with Fresh Energy, provides opportunities for solar in low-income communities

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On June 16, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed with Fresh Energy’s recommendations and announced updates to its proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a voluntary program that helps states meet their Clean Power Plan goals by encouraging investments in clean, renewable energy in the two years before the first compliance deadline.

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Clean Energy

2016 Legislative Session Summary

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With so many topics being debated, it was hard for any issue to be resolved. Even bonding and transportation, two of the highest priorities for communities, legislators, and Governor Mark Dayton, received no action – with frantic debate going right down to the wire. Thankfully, were were able to move forward with several wins on energy and protect our foundational energy policies.

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Global Warming

Statement on Supreme Court Putting Clean Power Plan on Pause

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“The Supreme Court’s highly unusual action flies in the face of common sense and of Minnesota experience. Experts agree the Clean Power Plan is on solid legal ground and will prevail based on legal merits. Minnesota is already on track to meet the Clean Power Plan goals and we expect the ruling to be only a pause in the process toward full implementation. The Clean Power Plan is firmly anchored in our nation’s clean air laws and a strong scientific record, and we expect the Clean Power Plan will surpass this challenge as Americans continue to work together to protect our families and communities from the clear and present danger of global warming.”

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Global Warming

What does the historic Paris climate agreement mean for Minnesota?

At the end of last year, 195 countries at the Paris Climate Summit agreed to the first-ever global agreement to cut carbon. The agreement reflects the momentum that cities, companies, countries, and civil society groups have built since the first international climate conference in 1992.

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Clean Energy

“Massive” Win for Renewable Energy – what extended tax credits mean for wind and solar

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Delivering an unexpected Christmas present for everyone who loves clean energy, last Friday the President and Congress agreed to a budget deal that included a huge win for renewable energy. Shocking most analysts and advocates, Congress extended tax credits for wind energy by five years and for solar energy by seven years.

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Energy Efficiency

How can the Clean Energy Incentive Program increase low income energy efficiency?

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The Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) is a provision in the Clean Power Plan that awards allowances to states for early action to invest in renewable energy, such as wind and solar, as well as low-income energy efficiency projects. Notably, double credits will be awarded for low-income energy efficiency projects that reduce end-use energy demand in 2020 and 2021. Fresh Energy is urging the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to include participation in the CEIP through five targeted recommendations.

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Global Warming

Attorney General Lori Swanson announces support of the Clean Power Plan

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Today, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was joined by a coalition of 24 other attorneys general, cities, and counties around the country to intervene in support of the Clean Power Plan in a federal lawsuit. Since it was announced on August 3, numerous organizations, companies, utilities, and government officials have praised the Clean Power Plan and its first ever national limits on carbon emissions from power plants.

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Global Warming

General Mills: climate change will be bad for business – announces big carbon reductions

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Fresh Energy applauds General Mills for its decision to cut carbon emissions by 28 percent in the next decade in order to combat global warming. The Minnesota-based company announced its strategy to reduce emissions throughout the value chain, from farm to fork to landfill earlier this morning.

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Global Warming

J. Drake Hamilton meets President Obama in the White House

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The President invited Fresh Energy’s science policy director, J. Drake Hamilton, to join him at a small group meeting in the White House prior to his historic announcement of the single greatest step the United States has taken thus far to combat climate change.

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