Hope in hard times: Minnesota makes substantial energy strides
Our local colleague Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM), in partnership with Bloomberg NEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, recently published the 2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet, highlighting strides made in the energy field related to clean power, renewables, and efficiency. As another major player in energy efficiency, CEE wants to call attention to some of the energy milestones Minnesota reached in the last decade.
Some of the key takeaways from the 2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet include the following:
Nearly half of Minnesota’s power came from zero-carbon sources in 2019.
Minnesota’s energy productivity increased 22% since 2010.
ACEEE ranked Minnesota eighth out of all 50 states for its overall energy efficiency programs.
Power sector carbon emissions in Minnesota declined 37% between 2005 and 2019 due to the clean energy transition.
Over the past decade, Minnesota has been a leader in energy efficiency. In 2019, those efforts were recognized when the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy clocked the state as eighth nationwide for our work in energy efficiency programs and policies. The CIP programs that CEE implements, such as One-Stop Efficiency Shop and Home Energy Squad, played a huge role in this. Minnesota has continually reached its 1.5% annual electric utility CIP savings goal since 2011, with our natural gas savings ranking highest in the country in 2017.
In a recent news release announcing the factsheet, CEEM observed that “Information in this factsheet about Minnesota’s clean energy transition could help inform decision-making about the state’s economic recovery.” Indeed, the factsheet serves as both a celebration of what we have accomplished as well as a reminder of all that we can achieve in the years to come. The potential savings from a continued focus on clean energy and energy efficiency can help the state save money overall, an especially relevant priority in the coming months.
The factsheet references the Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study 2020–2029, a state-funded CEE research project into the technologies and approaches that will lead the way as Minnesota looks to the future of energy efficiency. The study predicted that Minnesota is expected to achieve, or even exceed, the energy savings goal of 1.5% for electric utilities and the statutory minimum of 1.0% for gas utilities over the next decade. CEE is proud to have contributed that study to the body of research that will help policymakers consider energy efficiency in the coming years. We continue to work toward the same goal in our research projects, policy initiatives, community consulting services, and more.
All data in this post was pulled from the 2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet, created by Clean Energy Economy, Bloomberg NEF, and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
2020 Minnesota Energy Factsheet
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Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study 2020–2029