CEE and Partners Ensure Minnesota's Clean Energy Future

May 21, 2015

Throughout Minnesota's 2015 Legislative session, we at the Center for Energy and Environment worked in tight coalition with many longtime partners, building on our collective efforts and outreach to prevent any and all changes to Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Programs and Renewable Energy Standard.

As a group, we were also successful in defending our state's ability to develop a meaningful compliance plan for the federal Clean Power Plan -- with energy efficiency in a central role and without legislative interference. Minnesota's e21 Initiative, co-directed by CEE's Mike Bull and Great Plains Institute's Rolf Nordstrom, also took important steps forward through two related legislative proposals.

In response to threats to the Conservation Improvement Programs and other challenges, CEE joined our local environment and energy partners in stepping up advocacy to protect what matters most. Working together, we leveraged our collective reach and relationships, and took advantage of opportunities to articulate and defend our point of view among stakeholders on all sides the issues. CEE was deeply invested and deeply involved across the board, and we expect to build on that level of engagement in the future.

Despite the uniquely challenging session, we at CEE are inspired by significant opportunities we see now to build on the good work we did this spring. We are grateful to our many public and private partners on both sides of the aisle, and to everyone out there who called, emailed or showed up. Thank you for demonstrating your support and for everything you did to strengthen Minnesota's clean energy future!