Clean energy first

 
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common sense legislation

Minnesota is in the midst of a massive energy transformation. In the next 20 years over half the state’s electricity generating capacity will be ready for replacement. And economies around clean energy are changing. Since 2009, the cost of wind has fallen 69% and solar power has fallen 86%. The MN legislature is working on energy bills to maximize the benefits of these changes for Minnesotans. 

Clean energy creates jobs and opportunities throughout our state. More than 61,000 Minnesotans now work in clean energy. Minnesota’s clean energy sector has grown 5.3 percent since 2015—adding more than 2,800 jobs. This growth was 3.8 times faster than all other areas of Minnesota’s economy.

Clean Energy First is bi-partisan legislation aimed at moving Minnesota towards Clean Energy in the most common-sense way possible. It’s not a one size fits all policy, but instead allows each utility to maximize its use of clean energy while meeting the unique reliability needs of its customer base. And perhaps most importantly, Clean Energy First does not require investment in unneeded generating capacity. Clean Energy First lets utilities invest in generation when it makes the most sense.

Clean Energy First—the basics

  • Clean Energy First requires that before Minnesota utilities invest in new capacity, they first evaluate whether clean energy technologies, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy storage, can provide that needed capacity affordably and reliably.

  • Clean Energy First requires long range planning for replacement of outdated or expensive energy generating facilities and investment in the infrastructure needed to reliably deliver low-cost clean energy to meet customer needs.

  • Clean Energy First also requires long range planning to minimize the economic impact to host communities of power plants. Communities and affected workers should have both the time and resources to develop transition plans for a prosperous and vibrant economic future.

Clean Energy FIrst Is:

  • Efficient—implementing the Clean Energy First Policy will result in the maximum possible reliance on clean energy by 2040 without having to revise goals every few years.

  • Economical—with no fuel to purchase, clean energy technology is now the lowest cost choice for generating new electricity even without subsidies.

  • Proactive—power plant employees and host communities affected by this transition deserve the financial resources and the time to create solid transition plans that will provide a prosperous future.

  • Flexible—Clean Energy First is not “one-size fits-all,” but instead allows each utility to affordably maximize its use of clean energy while meeting the unique reliability needs of its customer base.

  • Sustainable—maximizing the use of Clean Energy reduces pollution and associated health risks.

  • Fiscally Responsible—Clean Energy First does not require investment in unneeded generating capacity. Clean Energy First lets utilities invest in generation when it makes the most sense.

If it is possible to reach the goal to use 100% clean energy, Clean Energy First is the common sense way to get there.

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