I'm sure that you've seen the news that President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. This action threatens U.S. leadership on global action to limit climate change, to be sure. We wanted to take a moment to share with you what MCEA will be doing in response.
Minnesota's position as a leader in clean energy is more critical than ever.
Minnesota's bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act has put us on a path to exceed the goal of generating 25% of our electricity through renewable sources by 2025. Ten years after this legislation was signed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty, 21% of Minnesota's electricity comes from renewable sources. We can do even more - and bipartisan legislation introduced this year would double that goal to 50% by 2030. We don't need to wait for leadership in D.C., we can take action right here in St. Paul. Governor Dayton's decision to join the U.S. Climate Alliance is a big symbolic step, and now we need to create the policy change to live up to that commitment.
Our work in Minnesota regulatory agencies is making a big difference over the long haul.
Besides working at the legislature, MCEA works on making renewable energy gains through our work at the Public Utilities Commission. We're constantly strategizing ways to reduce our carbon footprint here in Minnesota. We're working to ensure Minnesota factors the impact of climate change into energy decisions. We work to retire dirty coal plants, like the Sherco coal powered plants. It's not always glamorous, but it's making a big difference.
MCEA’s ability to protect Minnesota’s environment depends on you.
We need your support to push for clean energy and climate justice in Minnesota.
We appreciate your support, and together we'll keep working to ensure that Minnesota leads the way on responding to climate change.