Media: MN governor accelerates state's carbon-free power target 10 years, to 2040 (Utility Dive)

Jan 25, 2021

From Utility Dive: 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, D, on Thursday proposed a series of policies that would bring the state to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, a decade earlier than the goal he proposed in 2019....

Walz's policy goals would have the state's utilities use only carbon-free power resources by 2040, and strengthen the state's renewable portfolio standards. It would also require utilities to prioritize clean energy and energy efficiency over fossil fuels when proposing to add or replace power generation. The proposals also target energy efficiency and cutting carbon from buildings — raising the efficiency resource standard for IOUs, targeting energy savings for low income customers and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings in half by 2035....

"There are significant differences between the Governor's version of CEF and the Senate's, but the general framework is the same," said Mike Bull, director of policy and external affairs at the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment....
 

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