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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, Local Government Program Manager

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

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Conservation Minnesota supports some parts of the omnibus bill and does not support others. Read about the details and our recommendations in our letter to the Minnesota Senate.

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by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Conservation Minnesota and members like you have now spent a full year advocating for important conservation issues without setting foot in the Capitol. This legislative session we’re tackling ambitious priorities to ensure all Minnesotans have clean air and water and access to safe and enjoyable lands. Read about some of our priorities.

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Our field staff worked with select cities to secure their support for Clean Cars Minnesota, a set of vehicle emission standards designed to help clean up our air and bring more electric vehicles to Minnesota.

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Throughout our state, people feel a collective responsibility to ensure every community has clean drinking water, clean air, and safe access to the outdoor spaces and nature experiences that make life here unique. But we have not yet lived up to that responsibility.

wind turbines along a dirt road in a field at sunset
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

Last month Xcel Energy announced they’d become one of the first energy providers in the United States to bring 10,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity online. With ever increasing severe winter storms and unpredictable summers, the addition of this renewable energy to the grid is welcome news.

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by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

The clean energy and low carbon transition is already underway, and the Future Fuels Act can help capture as many benefits as possible for Minnesota’s economy—while also ensuring the state is doing as much as it can to reduce carbon pollution. Read the letter of support we submitted to the legislature.

Child drinks water
by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

We support bipartisan legislation to protect citizens and communities from exposure to toxic PFAS pollution in our state. PFAS chemicals have affected our drinking water, lakes, fish, and wildlife. Because PFAS are bioaccumulative and highly persistent, they present significant health risks to humans. Read our letter to the Health Finance & Policy Committee in support of this bill.