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100% carbon-free electricity standard passes Legislature

Minnesota law will soon require electricity to be carbon-free by 2040, as the 100% clean electricity bill heads to Governor Walz’s desk. This is one of Minnesota’s largest-ever moves to address climate change. It is the result of more than four years of work by the Governor and legislative leaders, environmental experts, utilities, labor, consumer…

Legislature advances a bill to decarbonize Minnesota electricity by 2040

Published January 17, 2023 Hearings begin this week on a bill to fully decarbonize Minnesota’s electricity sector. The bill, authored by Representative Jamie Long (HF 7) and Senator Nick Frentz (SF 4) and supported by Governor Walz, would require electric utilities to provide carbon-free power by 2040, ten years earlier than Xcel Energy’s and Minnesota…

Benefits of renewables

Published October 31, 2022 Written by Akia Vang and Austin Northagen Renewable energy has become more prevalent and integrated into the grid over the past few years– and is expected to become more abundant in the years to come. In Minnesota, the share of renewable energy generation has grown steadily over time, from 16 percent…

CUB to partner with CERTs Seed Grant recipients

Published January 25, 2022 CUB is excited to share that the Clean Energy Resource Teams have awarded 74 Seed Grants throughout the state. Seed Grants are awarded every two years and help community focused organizations initiate energy efficiency and clean energy projects. The projects selected are meant to be innovative and promote the benefits of…

Dispelling Misinformation on Wind, Solar Amid Utility Rate Hikes

January 20, 2022 Public News Service Mike Moen Minnesota is seeing a flurry of utility rate hikes either being considered or taking effect. Those who support renewable energy warn there’s some misleading information in the public sphere about what is behind the activity. Xcel Energy has a pending rate hike before state regulators. If approved, it would…

CUB supports Minnesota House bill for 100% carbon-free electricity

Published January 21, 2021 Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives Climate and Energy Committee will hear a bill that would require the state’s electric utilities to supply 100% of their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040.  The bill, authored by committee chair Jamie Long with the support of Governor Walz and his administration, sets a…

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Minnesota Power commits to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050

Published January 13, 2021 Minnesota Power plans to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to northern Minnesota by 2050. In an announcement yesterday, the Duluth-based utility promised 70% renewable electricity by 2030. It will reduce coal plant operations immediately and close all of its coal generation by 2035. And it will do so while maintaining the reliability…

Schools and Renewable energy: A Smart Combination

Published March 9, 2020 Solar energy is becoming a popular investment for Minnesota cities and counties. With the great opportunity to utilize school rooftops, fields and parking lots, some schools have installed solar, and others are showing interest in investing in renewable energy.  For schools, solar can provide potential cost savings, offer a learning experience…

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