Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - February 13, 2023
Minnesota Governor Signs Bill for 2040 Goals
Governor Tim Walz signed into law legislation establishing a Minnesota carbon-free electricity standard.
The state will take steps to lower GHG gas emissions and create new clean energy jobs with Senate File 4.
“Climate change impacts lives and livelihoods in every corner of our state,” said Governor Walz in a statement. “Minnesota will continue to lead the way on combating climate change and we’ll create clean energy jobs in the process. This bill is an essential investment in our future that will continue to pay off for generations to come.”
Electrical utilities in Minnesota have already made significant progress toward carbon-free energy with a decline in carbon emissions of 54% from 2005 to 2020, according to the recently published Greenhouse Gas Report.
The bill establishes a standard for utilities to supply Minnesota customers with electricity generated or procured from carbon-free resources, beginning at an amount equal to 80% of retail sales for public utility customers in Minnesota in 2030 and increasing every five years to reach 100% for all electric utilities by 2040. The bill also requires that, by 2035, an amount equal to at least 55% of an electric utility’s total retail electric sales to customers in Minnesota must be generated or procured from eligible energy technologies.
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