Media: Legislature to offer dueling visions for energy policy in face of climate change (MinnPost)

Feb 5, 2020

Excerpted from MinnPost:

At a January hearing in Rochester, weeks before the Minnesota Legislature is to convene for 2020, Senate Republicans made the case for measured government intervention to promote clean energy ...

... The idea behind the measure is not a new one; lawmakers have discussed the concept for several years. But [state Sen.] Senjem has rolled out a revised version that [Sen.] Osmek said has the support of the GOP and powerful interest groups. Known at the Capitol as “Clean Energy First,” the policy generally requires utility companies to add clean energy to its system when it needs to replace or increase power — unless the carbon-free or renewable option would bring “unreasonable” costs to power customers or threaten the reliability of the energy grid ...

... “Over time this ratcheting effect of implementing carbon-free resources whenever possible … will lead to an increasingly clean and ultimately decarbonized electricity supply to serve Minnesota in a way that protects ratepayers,” said Mike Bull, director of policy and external affairs for the Center for Energy and Environment ...

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