Minnesota Sets Pace for Renewable Energy

On Thursday, Minnesota quietly assumed a leadership role in the battle against climate change with the creation of what is arguably the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy standard. The legislation, signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, requires that 25 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. Although Maine and New York maintain more stringent renewable portfolio standards, the two states started with significantly more renewable energy capacity than Minnesota. The Land of 10,000 Lakes currently generates 5 percent of its power from renewable sources, while roughly half the electricity produced in the state comes from coal. Subsequently, Minnesota’s new law will require the most significant increase in renewable energy generating capacity. Currently, more than 20 states have established similar renewable energy requirements and momentum is building in states such as Colorado and New Hampshire to develop similar initiatives. See also :: Renewable Portfolio Standards... So Far and :: Tell Congress to Support Clean Energy

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