Making streets complete

What makes a community liveable? Much of the time, it’s the ease with which we can get around safely. But too often, cities and towns are designed with only cars (and traffic jams!) in mind. What if you want to walk, bike, or take transit? What if you’re disabled, elderly, or too young to drive? Can you get to your destination safely and conveniently?

The benefits of Complete Streets

Roadways that are designed with all kinds of users in mind— pedestrians, seniors, children, people with disabilities, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers—provide a multitude of benefits. Communities with complete streets are safer, healthier, more equitable, and better for the environment.

Look for big decisions on energy in 2014

At Fresh Energy, our policy work doesn’t solely take place at the Minnesota Legislature—and our work doesn’t end once a bill becomes a law. Much of Fresh Energy’s policy work touches Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at some point—whether it’s retiring and replacing coal-burning power plants with clean energy, making solar more accessible for more Minnesotans, or making it easier for utilities to invest in efficiency—and big decisions are pending at the PUC this year. In order to give you a taste of our ongoing work, here’s a sampling of the work on the PUC’s plate in early 2014.

Energy 101: What is the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission?

If you follow Fresh Energy, you’re undoubtedly aware that much of our energy policy work involves the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). But you may not know much more than that. The PUC, its mission, and its everyday regulatory work might seem murky—and prohibitively wonky—for anyone who doesn’t live and breathe energy policy. (We know that’s most of you!) But the PUC has a huge impact on your life, shaping everything from how much you pay for electricity to where wind farms are located to whether coal plants are retired. To help, we’ve put together an Energy 101 that explains the basics.