Lt. Governor announces new bipartisan effort to move Minnesota to 50% renewables by 2030

From the Department of Commerce…

Commissioner Mike Rothman joined Lt. Governor Tina Smith on Feb. 27 to announce a new bipartisan effort to increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030. Minnesota is already on track to surpass the current goals set by the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act, which has moved Minnesota to more than 21 percent renewable energy. The new standard—supported by both Democrats and Republicans—would be good for Minnesota’s environment, health, and economy. The bipartisan bill to advance this new standard is being authored in the Minnesota Senate by Sen. Nick Frentz and Sen. Karin Housley, and in the Minnesota House by Rep. Erin Maye Quade and Rep. Joe Schomacker. The bill was promoted Monday at Riverland Community College in Albert Lea by a group that included the Lt. Governor, Rothman, Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, and legislators. Riverland prepares students for careers in renewable energy.

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