Fresh Energy applauds the visionary yet practical aspirations of the mayor of Rochester, Minnesota to wean his great city from fossil fuels by 2031. Mayor Ardell F. Brede has traveled the world and seen advanced energy systems elsewhere, and knows that with engineering and investment, Rochester can switch to renewable energy for its electricity, its heating and cooling, and its transportation.
This bold vision should inspire the boards of the Destination Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, the Rochester Public Utility, and the city council to do their best work and reach this achievable and realistic goal. With significant public and private investment coming to Rochester to establish it as one of the world’s foremost centers of health and innovation, this is the right vision for the times. Fossil fuels’ harmful impact on the climate, public health, and the environment are well understood, and are subjects upon which serious and well-informed people agree.
Fresh Energy is inspired by Mayor Ardell F. Brede’s call to action and we call upon the people of Rochester, its companies and institutions, and all units of government to work in collaboration to make his vision a reality.