4/26/2018 2:39:25 PM
Governor Dayton reaffirmed his support today during a meeting with Climate Generation student activists
Governor Dayton’s Administration originally proposed the 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard during the 2017 Legislative Session
Renewable energy is good for Minnesota’s economy, environment, and public health – supporting more than 57,000 jobs and creating $1 billion in economic activity
ST. PAUL, MN – During a meeting with Climate Generation student activists today, Governor Mark Dayton reaffirmed his support for a 50 Percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard and urged the Minnesota Legislature to enact the proposal this session. The higher standard would build on the progress that Minnesota has already achieved, helping the state to capture additional economic, health, and environmental benefits. In March, new reports were released that show Minnesota has achieved its goal of deriving 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
“Minnesota has made tremendous progress to support clean energy and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that threaten our health and our environment,” said Governor Dayton. “I urge the Legislature to adopt the ‘50 by 30’ Renewable Energy Standard, which Legislators from both parties have championed. We must do even more to ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a better future, and a stronger clean energy economy.”
Minnesota’s progress under the Next Generation Energy Act has made our state an energy sector leader, with more than 57,000 clean energy jobs, which contribute more than $1 billion in economic activity in Minnesota every year. It has helped wind energy become a reliable, affordable source of electricity for Minnesota, while taking the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Increasing Minnesota’s renewable energy standard to 50 percent would help continue this growth, and would be good for Minnesota’s economy, health, and environment.
To learn more about Governor Dayton’s proposal to increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030, CLICK HERE.