A new day is dawning for Minnesota’s energy future, and it can’t come soon enough. From the United Nations report on global warming to increased severe weather and wildfires, the message is clear: We can and must act now to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
Here at Fresh Energy we have hope for the future. If we can secure strong public policies, we can speed the transition to clean energy—advancing the large-scale solutions we need now.
With your support, we have helped Minnesota move its economy off of fossil fuels onto a cleaner, healthier energy system—and as new state leaders move into office, we have vital opportunities to do much more.
- More renewable electricity through new state laws and regulatory decisions that move Minnesota away from coal and toward more wind and solar to power our economy.
- Equitable energy efficiency with an improved state Conservation Improvement Program and a building code that saves money, cuts waste, and improves access to efficiency for people of all incomes.
- A modern, flexible electric grid that will support big increases in renewables and new “smart” technologies to reduce peak demand and provide low-cost electricity when it is needed most.
- Zero-emission transportation with Metro Transit electrifying more of its buses, cities moving to electric car fleets, and more Minnesotans trading their polluting gasoline cars for plug-in electric vehicles.
With your support, Fresh Energy has shown we can generate results. Of the 20 coal plants Minnesota had 15 years ago, 16 are now closed or plan to close. We now have more than 59,000 clean energy jobs in Minnesota and that number continues to climb yearly. Rural communities have been revitalized with renewable energy opportunities, and everyone is breathing cleaner air as we work toward a healthier climate.
Together, we have made important progress, but much work still remains.
With your help, Fresh Energy will work to secure a future where:
- All utilities in the state generate 60 percent of their energy from wind and solar by 2030.
- Half of our cars and all our buses are electric by 2030.
- Minnesota is on track to have a zero-carbon economy by 2045.
Thank you for your support and for considering a contribution at this important time. When we come together—amazing change is possible.