Take Action

Support the transition to clean energy with these simple tips for action.

Your voice: Your input matters! Here are current energy and transportation forums open for public comment:

  • Xcel Energy has proposed electric vehicle service pilot programs and planned initiatives to include home charging, public charging, and fleet operations. These pilots and initiatives consider equity and accessibility, seeking to provide electric mobility services for all Minnesotans by supporting the electrification of buses and installation of public charging stations. The Public Utilities Commission is accepting public comments until January 11, 2019. Voice your support here. 

Additionally, be sure to contact your legislator. Let them know who you are and that you care about Minnesota’s transition to clean energy.

Your transportation: Embrace biking and walking. Utilize transit options whenever possible and encourage your community to invest in electric buses. Consider replacing your gas-powered car with a new or used electric vehicle—depending on your utility and electricity source, it will reduce your carbon emissions by 50 to 95 percent.

Your home: Look at new options for heating and cooling with clean electricity. In Minnesota, you may be eligible to sign up for community solar or participate in a utility-sponsored renewable electricity program. Power with solar by putting panels on your own roof.

Use less energy at peak times, between 4 – 7 PM. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in a time-of-use rate pilot, if your utility company offers it.

Switch to super-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

Consider swapping out your gas-powered yard equipment for electric—lawn mowers, leaf blowers and garden trimmers all have electric equivalents.

Stay connected. Big decisions on closing coal plants, investing in renewables, energy efficiency, and building codes are coming this winter. Join our monthly newsletter for the latest news.

Questions? Contact Caley Long, our Senior Communications and Engagement Associate at long@fresh-energy.org or call/text 651 726 7569.