|  Mar 19, 2015

WOW Statement re: Senate Env and Energy Cte Passed Energy Bill that Includes Increased RES

ST. PAUL, MINN. (March 19, 2015) – Today, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed a significant piece of legislation – an energy omnibus bill (Senate File 1431) that will increase Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030.  The bill retains the current definition of renewables and will now proceed to the Senate floor for a full vote there.

Following the passage of the bill by the Committee, Wind on the Wires Executive Director Beth Soholt said:

“Wind on the Wires applauds the Senate Environment and Energy Committee members for passing this important legislation. It couldn’t have been done without Senator Marty’s leadership. Increasing the Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 sends a clear signal to renewable energy companies that Minnesota is open for business. The entire state benefits from continuing to build a clean energy economy, through lower energy costs over the long term and by keeping our already outstanding clean energy job sector working and growing.”

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About Wind on the Wires

Wind on the Wires is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., which is comprised of wind developers, environmental organizations, tribal representatives, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups and businesses providing goods and services to the wind industry. Our mission is to overcome the barriers to bringing wind energy to market by addressing technical and regulatory issues, as well as through education and public outreach.