Fresh Energy is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. The world has changed since we were founded as a coalition (named Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ME3). Then as now, our goal is to help Minnesota be a leader on clean energy. Through dramatic technological changes in the energy sector, we’ve continued to develop nation-leading policies that help drive market competition and innovation. Those policies don’t just impact the way energy companies and utilities do business, they have a significant impact on communities and families across the state.
Today, Minnesota Power based in Duluth announced their decision to retire two older coal-burning power plants, Boswell 1 and 2 in Cohasset, MN, near Grand Rapids, by the end of 2018. Fresh Energy and our clean energy partners advocated that these units appear to be no longer economic to run, with cleaner energy available and cheaper. Regulators at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on June 9, 2016 evaluated the economics of running these older units with needed additional pollution controls, compared to other cleaner, cheaper options for meeting energy needs, and the PUC agreed with us.
Slate and Rolling Stone contributing meteorologist Eric Holthaus has convened a national group of scientists and policy leaders for an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. Last week Holthaus published an article in Rolling Stone regarding current observed impacts of global climate change.
Clean energy organizations applaud Minnesota Power for announcing plans to cease burning coal at its Taconite Harbor 1 and 2 old coal-burning power plant on Lake Superior’s North Shore near Schroeder, Minn. Minnesota Power will idle the plant in fall 2016 and cease burning coal in 2020.
Clean energy organizations applaud Minnesota Power for announcing plans to cease burning coal at its Taconite Harbor 1 and 2 old coal-burning power plant on Lake Superior’s North Shore near Schroeder, Minn. Minnesota Power will idle the plant in fall 2016 and cease burning coal in 2020. This long overdue action will address the pollution concerns dozens of local faith, health, youth, conservation, and environmental groups and leaders have raised with the utility and its state regulators over the years. As part of a settlement with Fresh Energy, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Sierra Club, Minnesota Power filed air pollution modelling last week that demonstrated potential ongoing air pollution concerns from the aging Taconite Harbor plant. “Minnesota Power is making the right decision for Minnesotans, our health and the North Shore,” said Jessica Tritsch, Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative.