Fresh Energy is making sure Minnesota and our region move quickly toward a clean energy future. Help us accelerate this transition with these tips for action.
Your voice: Your input matters! Here are current energy and transportation forums open for public comment and/or your attendance:
- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released the state’s plan for spending the $47 million allocated to Minnesota in the national Volkswagen settlement. Phase I of the plan has wrapped up, and it’s time to plan for Phase II. Ten listening sessions are taking place across the state and we encourage Minnesotans to urge the MPCA to do the following:
- Push for the maximum amount of funds (15%) to build public electric vehicle DC fast charging stations
- Advocate for additional funds for heavy duty electric vehicles, again at 15%
- The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with many partners, has launched the Pathways to Decarbonizing Transportation project. The efforts seeks to explore potential strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and buses in Minnesota. And there are several opportunities for Minnesotans to learn about the project and share their input:
Most importantly, 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, if accessible to you. Utilize transit options whenever possible and encourage your elected officials to advocate for electric buses. If you drive, 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. When flying, strongly consider purchasing carbon offsets.
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, like Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect or Windsource program. Power with solar by putting panels on your own roof, if financially feasible.
When considering upgrades to your home’s HVAC system, ask about an air source heat pump, sometimes called a mini-split.
Swap out your gas-powered stove or cook top for an electric induction version. It’s healthier for you and the planet.
Use less energy at peak times, between 4 – 7 PM. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in a time-of-day electricity rate pilot, if your utility 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.
Learn from others. See how families across the state have made clean energy changes in their own lives. Read their stories.
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