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.
Time-Sensitive Opportunity: Weigh In On Clean Cars!
Governor Walz recently announced that Minnesota is moving forward with adopting rules that will deliver vehicles to the Minnesota market that produce less climate-change-causing pollution and will result in cleaner, healthier air for Minnesotans.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is tasked with writing the rule to implement this policy, and they are currently accepting public input. It’s important that MPCA hears your feedback to inform them as they develop the rule!
Get involved! There are a series of public meetings hosted by MPCA, listed below. This is a great opportunity to show up and let MPCA know why you support Clean Cars. You can also take a moment to submit an online comment here by December 6th. Simply telling them why you support this rule will be impactful. More information on the rulemaking and request for comments can be found here. You can also sign up to receive email notifications of rulemaking developments or scheduled meetings, and read more about what to expect in the coming months.
Here are just a few reasons Fresh Energy supports Clean Cars Minnesota
- Transportation is the largest emitting sector of climate-change-causing pollution. It is essential to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels in order to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and fight climate change.
- Cleaner cars mean cleaner air. Last year, air pollution from sources like cars and trucks contributed to 4,000 deaths in Minnesota.
- Communities of color and low-income communities currently bear the brunt of negative health impacts from air pollution. Cleaning up emissions from transportation is an environmental justice issue.
- Minnesotans deserve access to the full range of electric vehicles on the market. The Clean Cars rule will increase the number of electric vehicles available for purchase in the state.
- Minnesotans are ready for electric vehicles. Six out of ten consumers are interested in electric vehicles, and 30% of Minnesota consumers would consider buying or leasing one in the next two years. More people recognize that electric cars are cheaper to maintain and fuel, and they are more affordable than ever.
- Automakers – including Ford and GM – have announced plans for dozens of new electric models in the next five years, including twenty electric SUVs and crossovers. States with clean car standards will have greater access to these vehicles.
MPCA Public Meeting Schedule for Clean Cars
October 29 | Fergus Falls
5-7 p.m. (doors open at 4:45)
Otter Tail County Government Services Center
500 W Fir Ave, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537
October 30 | Burnsville
Burnsville City Hall Council Chambers
100 Civic Center Pkwy, Burnsville, MN 55337
November 6 | Marshall
Marshall Lyon County Library
201 C St, Marshall, MN 56258
November 12 | Virginia
Miner’s Memorial Building South Room
821 S 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55792
November 14 | Minneapolis
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
November 19 | Mankato
Blue Earth County Library
100 E Main St, Mankato, MN 56001
Ongoing Ways to Make a Difference
Your voice: Your input matters! Check back here for energy and transportation forums open for public comment and/or your attendance.
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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