Saint Paul, MN – Today, lawmakers from both parties were announced as chief authors of a bill to increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard to 50 percent by 2030. The legislation would update Minnesota’s existing Renewable Energy Standard, which has lowered energy costs, grown clean energy jobs, and increased tax payments to local communities across the state.
Fresh Energy science policy director J. Drake Hamilton released the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith unveiled the proposed legislation.
“Ten years ago, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle came together to pass nation-leading clean energy legislation that grew business and jobs statewide. This outstanding leadership by Rep. Joe Schomacker, Rep. Erin Maye Quade, Sen. Karin Housley, and Sen. Nick Frentz helps build on Minnesota’s tradition of bipartisan support for market driven clean energy policy.
Investment in wind and solar has helped create hundreds of businesses that employ thousands of Minnesotans in family-supporting jobs and pay millions in tax payments to communities across the state. Fresh Energy is thrilled to see lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pushing for policy that will encourage more investment in clean energy.”