Utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) function as a crucial lever in keeping Minnesota on the path to an equitable, affordable, zero-carbon electric grid. With three major Minnesota utilities filing IRPs in 2021, it’s shaping up to be a big year for clean energy! Learn more about Xcel’s IRP and Fresh Energy’s response to it in our blog post.
While there are some positive aspects of Xcel Energy’s IRP, including commitment to a 100% carbon-free electricity system, historic levels of energy efficiency, coal plant retirements, and an increase in renewable electricity, there is still significant room for improvement in some areas. Most pressingly, Xcel has included plans for a new fossil gas plant in Becker, Minnesota. This gas plant, as we outlined in our blog post, is the wrong choice for customers’ pocketbooks and the health and wellbeing of Minnesota’s climate.
Join MN350, Sierra Club, Fresh Energy, the Citizens Utility Board, and the Institute for Local Self Reliance for a two-part series this June discussing alternative plans and why there is no need for Xcel’s proposed gas plant. During part 1 of the series, learn how building more wind and solar power instead of new fossil fuel infrastructure will be less expensive, safer, and just as reliable.
- J. Drake Hamilton—Fresh Energy, Senior Director of Science Policy
- Annie Levenson-Falk—Citizens Utility Board, Executive Director
- Jessica Tritsch—Sierra Club, Senior Campaign Representative
- Maria McCoy—Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Energy Democracy Research Associate
- with introduction by Ellen Anderson—Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Climate Program Director
- with moderator, Chelsea DeArmond—St. Paul 350, Founder
The energy resource planning decisions being made right now will affect the next few decades of how we create the energy we depend on every day. Join us Tuesday, June 8, from 6:00 – 7:30pm to learn more about this critical process and how you can be a part of it during the public comment period. Register here to attend!