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.
Governor Mark Dayton, on August 4,noted that the Clean Power Plan builds on Minnesota’s leadership on cutting carbon while growing thousands of clean energy jobs. Fresh Energy has been deeply involved in the state stakeholder process, seeking a state compliance plan that maximizes energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Fresh Energy’s nearly 25 years of leadership on smart energy policy helped J. Drake Hamilton get invited to the White House for the announcement thanks to our continued work in making Minnesota a model heartland state for energy policy. Also at the White House were Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke and the executive directors of the American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association. Since July, numerous Minnesota based corporations have announced their support for the Clean Power Plan, including Cargill, General Mills, Best Buy, Target, and Xcel Energy.
The full filing made by Attorney General Swanson and her fellow petitioners can be found online.