We can power all of Minnesota with clean energy

Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.

We are surrounded by clean energy options here In Minnesota — the power of the sun and the wind, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.

We have the momentum

Thanks in part to Environment Minnesota staff, members and supporters, Minnesota passed historic clean energy laws in 2007 and 2013, spurring renewable energy development across the state.

These were major steps in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. We also face powerful opposition from some utilities and the fossil fuel industry, who'd like to keep us dependent on dirty energy such as coal. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That's why we need to build and demonstrate the support for clean energy from citizens like you.

Solar Works for Minnesota

Three years ago, Environment Minnesota helped build the Solar Works for Minnesota coalition, a diverse group of 150 organizations working together to get 10% our the state's power from solar by 2030. The coalition successfully pushed for a new law, passed in 2013, that requires the biggest utilities in the state to meet a solar energy standard, and will lead to more than 30 times more solar in Minnesota by the end of this decade. The law also adopts our goal of getting 10% of Minnesota's energy from the sun. Thanks to the hard work of our members, allies and supporters, Minnesota is poised to become a national leader in solar power.

Now we're working with partners across the state to get cities like Duluth and Rochester committed to a 10% solar goal, and ensure citizens across the state can reap the benefits of clean, local solar.

Join our campaign today. 


Putting The Sun to Work for Minnesota Short Film Contest

 

 

 

Check out these great videos from our "Putting the Sun to Work for Minnesota" short film contest! We depended on filmmakers' creativity to make unique shorts that captured the public's attention and showed off Minnesota’s great solar potential — and we were impressed. Thanks to all the contestants for their hard work and commitment to the solar cause.

Watch the prize winners and other entries now!


Clean energy updates

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency today after a 59-40 vote.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

New Study: Nation’s Energy System Threatened By Global Warming-Related Severe Weather

The country’s energy system is threatened by global warming-fueled severe weather events according to a new study released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy. This report builds on numerous other studies that have made it clear that global warming is real, it is already starting to have devastating effects on our communities, and those effects will only grow worse unless we cut emissions of the carbon pollution fueling global warming now.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Minnesota, Future Generations

Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Minnesota and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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Local view: Obama's leadership needed to address global warming

On May 9, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed a long-feared milestone. Scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reported it reached a concentration of 400 parts per million, something not seen on the Earth for millions of years.

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