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

Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

Several months after flooding in Duluth led to $100 million in damages, a new Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center report found that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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Embracing the Sun Won’t Burn Us

Guest commentary by Samantha Chadwick.

It’s the 21st century. Embracing the sun won't burn us. Each year, Minnesota spends more than $20 billion importing coal, oil and other dirty energy. We need to invest in homegrown, clean energy to keep this money in the state's economy and create jobs.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Solar and clean energy bill advances in Minnesota legislature

Wednesday evening the House Energy Policy Committee passed the Omnibus Energy bill. The bill contains a number of important energy proposals including increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, establishing a strong solar energy standard and expanding access to local clean energy.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming with Clean Energy

Last night, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The following is Environment Minnesota's response.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Governor Dayton challenges legislators to work with others to increase solar energy

In his State of the State address last night, Gov. Mark Dayton came out huge for clean, renewable solar power.

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