Over the past 12 months, Fresh Energy has accomplished a number of visionary energy policy victories. These wins—like the framework for community solar and Minnesota’s new solar energy standard—are key building blocks that propel steady progress toward a cleaner energy system. But just as important, these successes are already benefiting Minnesotans—the health of our families, the way we power our homes and schools, the jobs we’re able to get, and the way we travel to them.
But we can’t rest on our laurels. While we’re moving ahead on policy advancements that will make Minnesota a better place to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business, there’s still so much more to be done. This year, we’re continuing to shape and drive policies that boost renewable energy and efficiency, secure further reductions in carbon pollution, and move a transportation system that supports Minnesota’s quality of life and economic competitiveness.
Read on for just a few of the ways we’re moving ahead on a path that takes Minnesota towards innovation, prosperity, and health.
Replacing coal with clean energy means cleaner air and a better climate for our kids
Working in several powerful collaborations, Fresh Energy has secured the scheduled retirement of five inefficient coal-burning units in Minnesota!
Moving ahead: With strong policy, grassroots pressure, and community leadership, we are working to replace Minnesota’s largest carbon emitters—the Sherco 1 and 2 plants in Becker, Minnesota—with clean energy, saving more than eight million tons of carbon each year!
More renewable energy investment in our rural communities while protecting lakes and rivers
In 2007, Fresh Energy led the charge to adopt Minnesota’s nation-leading renewable electricity standard, which has provided critical revenue for rural communities and farmers and created thousands of jobs.
Moving ahead: We’re working to increase Minnesota’s renewable electricity standard to require Minnesota utilities to generate at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030—boosting local economic development, reducing air pollution, and protecting Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams.
Better financing options for solar means more jobs
A burgeoning Minnesota solar market followed the passage of groundbreaking new solar policies in 2013. Solar jobs increased by 73 percent between September 2012 and early 2014 and Minnesota solar businesses plan to add 50 percent more jobs this year!
Moving ahead: We want to reduce the red tape and clear the way for no money down financing options to put solar and its benefits within reach of all Minnesotans.
What you can do
If you give today, your gift will go even further. The Lang Family Foundation has offered the following challenge: join or increase your gift by June 30 and your new gift—or the amount of your increased contribution—will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $500)!
P.S. With your support, we’ll achieve even more wins this year: replacing coal-burning power plants with clean energy, increasing access to solar and energy efficiency improvements, setting the stage for strengthening Minnesota’s renewable electricity standard, and growing a transportation system that meets the needs of all Minnesotans. And remember, you can double the impact of your new or increased gift before June 30!