Clean Energy for Minnesota

We can power all of Minnesota with clean energy

Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.

We are surrounded by clean energy options here In Minnesota — the power of the sun and the wind, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.

We have the momentum

Thanks in part to Environment Minnesota staff, members and supporters, Minnesota passed historic clean energy laws in 2007 and 2013, spurring renewable energy development across the state.

These were major steps in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. We also face powerful opposition from some utilities and the fossil fuel industry, who'd like to keep us dependent on dirty energy such as coal. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That's why we need to build and demonstrate the support for clean energy from citizens like you.

Solar Works for Minnesota

Three years ago, Environment Minnesota helped build the Solar Works for Minnesota coalition, a diverse group of 150 organizations working together to get 10% our the state's power from solar by 2030. The coalition successfully pushed for a new law, passed in 2013, that requires the biggest utilities in the state to meet a solar energy standard, and will lead to more than 30 times more solar in Minnesota by the end of this decade. The law also adopts our goal of getting 10% of Minnesota's energy from the sun. Thanks to the hard work of our members, allies and supporters, Minnesota is poised to become a national leader in solar power.

Now we're working with partners across the state to get cities like Duluth and Rochester committed to a 10% solar goal, and ensure citizens across the state can reap the benefits of clean, local solar.

Join our campaign today. 


Putting The Sun to Work for Minnesota Short Film Contest

 

 

 

Check out these great videos from our "Putting the Sun to Work for Minnesota" short film contest! We depended on filmmakers' creativity to make unique shorts that captured the public's attention and showed off Minnesota’s great solar potential — and we were impressed. Thanks to all the contestants for their hard work and commitment to the solar cause.

Watch the prize winners and other entries now!


Clean energy updates

Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities 2017

Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

A New Way Forward

America has made progress in cutting pollution from cars and trucks over the last decade as a result of improved vehicle fuel economy and slower growth in driving. But eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from our urban transportation systems is going to require more than incremental change – it will require transformation. 

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Solar on Superstores

Solar energy is expanding rapidly across the United States – increasing more than 100-fold over the past decade. But, there are still many untapped opportunities to harness the nation’s nearly limitless solar potential. The United States has the technical potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

American solar power has increased four-fold since 2010, but state by state, utilities and powerful fossil fuel industry front groups have begun chipping away at key policies that helped spur this solar boom.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Report: Millennials experiencing record heat and extreme precipitation

As a result of global warming, young Americans today are growing up in a different climate than their parents and grandparents experienced. It is warmer than it used to be. Storms pack more of a punch. Rising seas increasingly flood low-lying land. Large wildfires have grown bigger, more frequent and more expensive to control. People are noticing changes in their own backyards, no matter where they live.

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