Tell your legislators: clean energy = no more coal and gas power plants
Minnesota has made huge strides toward clean energy. In just the last few months, Xcel Energy and Great River Energy have announced the retirement of coal power plants. And in December, MCEA won a decision at the Minnesota Court of Appeals that reversed approval of a gas-fired power plant proposed by Minnesota Power. Just one coal plant in Minnesota remains without a set retirement date.
But provisions proposed by the Minnesota Senate would reverse this progress. They would make it more difficult to order the retirement of coal power plants in Minnesota, and easier to approve new gas power plants in Minnesota.
Minnesota voters set aside a portion of Minnesota Lottery profits to benefit Minnesota’s resources, but it’s up to the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bill that spends these funds. Every year, scientists, units of government, and nonprofit groups go through a rigorous screening process led by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) that ensures proposals are effective and meet constitutional standards. Dozens of projects that employ hundreds of people across the state hang in the balance. In all, over $50 million in vetted, shovel-ready projects that will benefit our state, enhance our natural resources, and employ hundreds of people are at risk. We can’t afford to wait another year on these projects and on these jobs. We need these now more than ever. Join MCEA and send a clear message to the Senate to get their job done and complete work on the LCCMR bill.
Minnesota DNR: protect public input during a statewide emergency
The Minnesota DNR has denied a request to give Minnesotans extra time to provide input on an environmental study, even though we in a state of emergency from COVID-19. Join us and tell the DNR to protect public input.