ST. PAUL, MINN. (February 27, 2017) - Today, Governor Dayton's
administration announced a proposal to increase the state's Renewable Energy
Standard to 50 percent by 2030.
Following Lt. Gov. Smith's address, Wind on the Wires Executive
Director Beth Soholt said:
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Next
Generation Energy Act, which established our current Renewable Energy
Standard. Over these 10 years, we have witnessed the success of this
policy: billions of dollars have been invested in Greater Minnesota, farmers
and local governments are receiving millions in new revenue, and thousands of
Minnesotans now work in the clean energy industry. Best of all, Minnesota
utilities have done an outstanding job integrating this increased level of
renewable energy, and they've done it in a way that has had minimal impacts on
rates in the short-term and millions of dollars of consumer savings over the
life of wind projects.
We strongly support the Administration's renewed focus on
growing our state's clean energy industry. Numerous reports suggest this policy
is a smart way to drive investment in rural Minnesota, reduce carbon, and
diversify our energy portfolio in a cost-effective way. Wind on the Wires
stands ready to help make the Governor's vision a reality."
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Wind on the Wires is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St.
Paul, Minn., that works to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Its members
are comprised of wind and solar developers, environmental organizations, tribal
representatives, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups
and businesses providing goods and services to the wind and solar industries.