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Greenwashing or good stewardship? Minneapolis Park Board set to consider extending carbon offset program

May 19, 2024 Star Tribune Susan Du“Xcel and CenterPoint have included the purchase of carbon offset credits in their Natural Gas Innovation Act (NGIA) plans — blueprints for reducing carbon emissions that utilities are required to submit to the Public Utilities Commission — as a form of “carbon capture.” But the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Commerce, Citizens…

Register now for Edina’s Electrify Everything workshop

April 27, 2024 Sun Current “Registration is now open for Edina’s free Electrify Everything workshop on Wednesday, May 15. Electrify Everything is a Minnesota program of the cities of Eden Prairie, Edina, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, with support from the Center for Energy and Environment and Citizens Utility Board, to make home electrification more…

What a renter can do to fight climate change

April 17, 2024 Star Tribune Chloe Johnson “”Typically, we focus on behavioral things with renters, so focusing what they do have control over,” said Carmen Carruthers, outreach director for the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota, or CUB. From a landlord’s perspective, it can be hard to justify raising the rent to cover the cost of…

How to solar power your home to lower your carbon footprint

April 17, 2024 Star Tribune Walker Orenstein “If saving money is your primary reason for going solar, installing a rooftop array could be the best choice. Carruthers said that, depending on your utility, it presents the greatest opportunity for long-term energy savings because after you pay for the panels, “what you’re generating and using is…

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