Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future
Polls show climate change is a top issue for Minnesota voters. For many, transitioning to clean energy is an important step in mitigating the impacts of climate change, while for others, it simply makes economic sense. We’re working to find common-ground solutions to increase clean energy while protecting our land and water from climate change-causing pollution.
Wind and solar are the cheapest forms of new energy today. Wind turbines and solar technology allow Minnesota—a state without coal or natural gas resources—to create our own energy. Good paying clean energy jobs can be found in communities throughout Minnesota, and nearly 60,000 Minnesotans work in this sector.
Clean energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of Minnesota's economy.
Conservation Minnesota was instrumental in passing our state’s nation-leading Renewable Energy Standard in 2007. The bipartisan bill required Minnesota’s utilities to meet a goal of getting 25% of our electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2025.
In 2021, Minnesota continued the march to a clean energy future by passing the Energy Conservation & Optimization (ECO) Act and a strong Commerce & Energy Omnibus Bill.
These bipartisan victories expanded Minnesota’s existing energy efficiency program and put into place key policies that will develop renewable natural gas from waste, support the economic transition of coal plant communities, study the climate impacts of construction materials, build solar on schools and landfills, and create new energy storage research and development.
With the only divided legislature in the nation, Minnesota has demonstrated to other states and the federal government how to create public policy to make progress on clean energy.
2021 also saw the success of the Clean Cars initiative. Transportation is the leading source of climate pollution in Minnesota, transitioning to low- and zero-emission vehicles will be a major step towards tackling climate change. Conservation Minnesota supported the Clean Cars Minnesota initiative to increase the number of electric vehicles on Minnesota roadways.
Governor Tim Walz has announced a package of energy policies which put Minnesota on a path to 100% clean energy by 2040. The policies ensure reliable, affordable electricity for residents and businesses, job creation and economic growth, and clean air and water for Minnesotans.
The Build Back Better Act is a $3.5 trillion package that will invest in climate solutions to prepare the workforce and infrastructure for the future. The main pillars of the package are Clean Energy, Jobs, and Equitable Implementation.