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. Urge Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota lawmakers to embrace a goal of 50% clean energy by 2030!


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

MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATORS APPLAUDED FOR CALLING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PRIORITIZE ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) delivered to President Obama a letter signed by 302 state legislators from 40 states, including 23 Minnesota state legislators, urging him to prioritize tackling global warming in his second term. The move was applauded by Environment Minnesota and other environmental advocates across the country. 

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

President Recommits to Tackling Global Warming in Inaugural Address

In his inaugural address, President Obama committed to do more to tackle global warming in his second term, building on the strong foundation his administration laid over the last four years. From Hurricane Sandy, to raging forest fires, to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, far too many Americans and the places we love have been devastated by recent extreme weather events fueled by global warming.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

New Draft Report: Global Warming Affecting Minnesota in Big Ways

Minnesota and surrounding states are experiencing more severe heat waves, threats to the agricultural sector and more extreme rainfall events and flooding due in part to global warming, according to the new draft National Climate Assessment report released on Friday, January 11. The draft report incorporates input from more than 240 experts from around the country, and from federal agencies including the Department of Energy and NASA.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

President Obama, Congress save wind power in fiscal cliff agreement

Today, President Obama will sign into law a bill that extends key tax credits for wind power and averts the ‘fiscal cliff.’ The main federal incentives for wind power – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – expired on December 31, 2012, but with today’s new law the tax credits will be available for wind power projects that start construction over the next year, allowing for continued growth of wind power in Minnesota and across the country.

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News Release

Minnesota Business Leaders, Elected Officials, Sportsmen, and Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Support Wind Power

Today Environment Minnesota, along with 34 other Minnesota business leaders, elected officials, sportsmen, and environmental groups, delivered a letter to Congress asking them to extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Offshore Wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before they expire at the end of the year.

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