Today, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency unveiled its plan to spend $47 million in funds the state will receive as part of a settlement with Volkswagen over violation of emissions standards. Fresh Energy executive director Michael Noble released the following statement in response.
“The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has done a fantastic job of gathering feedback from stakeholders across the state. Rural utilities, cities, counties, and schools have all expressed interest in electrifying their fleet vehicles and buses and this plan makes sure people in every corner of the state have a chance to access these funds.
Electrifying our transportation system improves air quality in our neighborhoods and reduces emissions overall. This settlement is a big opportunity to move Minnesota forward in cleaning up our transportation system.”