Conservation Minnesota

Conservation Minnesota Responds To Newly Launched Bipartisan Effort To Increase Renewable Energy Standard

MINNEAPOLIS– The following is a public statement from Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota, in response to today’s announcement from the Dayton Administration about a bipartisan effort to increase the state’s existing renewable energy standard from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030.


“The success of Minnesota’s current renewable energy standard makes today’s announcement by Lt. Governor Tina Smith a giant opportunity to create vibrant and healthy communities throughout our state. In the decade since the initial RES was signed, thousands of jobs have been created, and clean energy has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the state economy. There is no doubt we can reach this 50% goal with true bipartisan support. With low cost clean energy and less pollution, we will save both money and lives.” 

Conservation Minnesota is a nonpartisan organization working to protect the Minnesota you love. With over 60,000 members statewide, Conservation Minnesota’s unique approach starts by asking Minnesotans which conservation issues are most important to solve.
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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.

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