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Saint Paul Capitol lawn

Meaningful clean energy policy is on its way to Governor Walz’s desk for signing after the House and Senate pass the Commerce & Energy Omnibus Bill. The bill creates crucial policy changes to guide energy investments and regulation while funding energy-related agencies and programs.

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Conservation Minnesota is living our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environmental movement by adding Juneteenth (June 19) as an official organization holiday. To help institutionalize and celebrate this important and historic day, we are joining many local governments, major Minnesota employers, and partners in recognizing Juneteenth.

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During this year’s legislative session both the House and the Senate passed the ECO Act. The bill had bipartisan support and is the first major piece of clean energy legislation signed into law by Governor Walz.

Woman with dog charges electric car

Minnesota is on track to become the 15th state—and first in the Midwest—to adopt stricter tailpipe emission standards after an Administrative Law Judge approved the Clean Cars rule and recommended it for adoption last month.

Worker in hard hat works on solar panel

In April, President Biden proposed the American Jobs Plan, an economic recovery package that puts people back to work while tackling climate change. Learn how Minnesota could benefit.

Mississippi River Headwaters at Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park, Mississippi Headwaters
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Most people don’t have the time or patience to attend hours of hearings at the Minnesota Capitol but still want to be informed about their top conservation issues. This year we increased our policy team capacity, and that resulted in some headline news!

Saint Paul Capitol at sunset
by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

This year’s regular legislative session has ended, and a special session will be required. Before adjourning, the state Legislature did pass significant legislation that will help drive Minnesota toward a clean energy future. The ECO Act was passed by both the House and Senate and is now expected to be signed into law by Governor Walz.

Two workers walk near wind turbine

The Energy Conservation & Optimization Act (ECO) is a nation-leading policy in the energy efficiency sector. During the final days of the legislative session, both the Minnesota House and Senate passed the ECO Act and the governor is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Congratulations Minnesota
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Today, the Administrate Law Judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Clean Cars Minnesota proposal meets the requirements of our state’s rulemaking process.

Westmill Solar and Wind Farm
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

A real-world example of Minnesota’s energy future is taking shape north of the Twin Cities in Becker, Minnesota.