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

Xcel Energy announces plan for zero-carbon electricity by 2050

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Today, Xcel Energy announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. Timothy Schaefer, director of Environment Minnesota, issued the following statement. “Renewable power is here. It's been growing since Minnesota’s first commitment in 2007 to a future powered by clean energy. There's no turning back. We're confident that the people of Minnesota can meet all of their electricity needs with clean, renewable energy.”

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

In Minnesota, and from Sea to Shining Sea, Mayors Call for Solar

Minneapolis, MN - Mayors from every U.S. state including Minnesota are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a letter released today by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including Mayor Jacob Frey in Minneapolis.

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Blog Post

Mayors for solar showcases how cities plan to reach renewable goals

Twenty-eight mayors and city staff logged on to discuss how their cities can harness more of the sun's power...

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Blog Post

Wrong way for the climate: 350,000 oppose rollback of Clean Cars Standards

Given the alarming ways our climate is changing, doesn't it make sense for automakers to focus on making cars that pollute far less, if at all?

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From electric buses to geothermal heating: 11 ways college campuses can help usher in a renewable energy future

America's colleges and universities are playing a huge role in helping the world transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

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