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

Blog Post

These ‘Shining Cities’ will get you inspired about a sunny future | Ross Sherman

Cities and towns of all sizes are driving the transition to solar energy.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Minneapolis Ranked Among Midwest’s Solar Leaders

Minneapolis - The City of Minneapolis ranks 35th for solar energy in a new report, landing it among the nation’s/region’s leaders for installing clean energy from the sun. “Cities like Minneapolis and Eden Prairie are leading the way to a future powered by clean, renewable energy,” said Director Tim Schaefer of Environment Minnesota. “By tapping into more of our state’s vast solar energy potential, we can benefit from cleaner air and fight climate change.”

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Report | Environment Minnesota

Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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News Release | Environment America

Wrong Direction on Clean Cars -- EPA Receives Citizen Citation

Today, rightfully-concerned Americans descended upon the Environmental Protection Agency to give EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt a ticket -- for heading in the wrong direction on federal clean car standards.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota Director's Testimony on Nuclear Rider Bill

On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, the Minnesota Senate's Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy cancelled an important hearing on SF 3504 minutes before it was scheduled to begin. SF 3504 would create an uncapped rider on Xcel Energy customers' bills to pay for costs at the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants, a potentially huge payout for Xcel shareholders. Director Tim Schaefer submitted the following testimony on behalf of Environment Minnesota and will testify at the rescheduled hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

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