Clean Energy First | Amendment 34 to SF 972

Senate voted No
| April 14, 2021
About this Legislation
Chief Author

Clean Energy First would help transition our energy systems to clean, affordable energy. Minnesota is undergoing a massive energy transformation. Between now and 2040, over half of our current electricity generation will likely be outdated and not cost competitive. The bill would require Minnesota utilities to first evaluate clean energy technologies when investing in new electricity generation. Furthermore, Clean Energy First includes provisions requiring local hiring practices, prevailing wages for workers, and participation in apprenticeship programs when possible so that family-sustaining jobs are created in the state's transition to clean energy.


The amendment failed, and the Clean Energy First bill was not included in the Senate’s version of the Energy and Commerce Omnibus bill. The bill now proceeds to Conference Committee to be combined with the House’s version of the bill, which did include Clean Energy First.

What a no means

A "no" vote means Clean Energy First was not included within SF 972, maintaining a system through which new fossil fuel-based electric plants can be permitted instead of cleaner technologies.

What a yes would have meant

A "yes" vote means Clean Energy First would have been included within SF 972, creating a mechanism for the Public Utilities Commission to prioritize clean energy projects in new energy permits while promoting family sustaining jobs in the clean energy transformation already underway.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 30 0 30 0
No = 36 34 0 2
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 1 0 1 0