As our electricity grows cleaner, we must invest in deep decarbonization, or electrification, of our residential multifamily buildings—a move good for under-resourced households and Minnesota’s climate goals.
Fresh Energy reached a landmark moment as we filed our first round of comments in the new fossil gas dockets at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Heat pumps have been having a “moment” lately—and rightfully so. Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change means transitioning our entire economy, starting here in Minnesota, to be carbon-neutral by 2050. That requires a dramatic change in the energy that powers our homes, businesses, and workplaces, shifting away from burning fossil fuels towards using zero- and low-carbon alternatives. Heat pumps can help us make that transition.
For nearly two years, a broad mix of stakeholders—from natural gas and electric utilities to natural gas consumers to workforce advocates to clean energy advocates and implementers—has been convening to discuss methods for decarbonizing Minnesota’s natural gas end uses, with final recommendations published in the report “Decarbonizing Minnesota’s Natural Gas End Uses.”
Bipartisan Natural Gas Innovation Act will help Minnesotans gain a deeper understanding of the role of natural gas and dual-fuel utilities in the decarbonization of the state’s economy.
An alternate long-range energy plan filed Friday by Xcel Energy removes a proposed gas power plant and adds significant renewable energy, reflecting a welcome and necessary realignment with the utility company’s promise to achieve a carbon-free electric system by 2050.