Governor Walz proposes 100% clean energy by 2050

A set of policy proposals introduced this week by Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will lead Minnesota to 100% clean energy in the state’s electricity sectors by 2050. This three-part plan — called the One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy — builds on the successes Minnesota has already had in reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and increasing its use of clean energy. Minnesota is already recognized as a national leader in addressing climate change, and this plan could put the state at the forefront of that work.

The first proposal of the One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy would require all electric utilities in Minnesota to use only carbon-free energy resources by 2050. Each utility would have the freedom to choose how and at what pace they will accomplish this. The second policy proposal would necessitate that utilities must prioritize energy efficiency and clean energy resources when replacing or adding a power generator. Finally, the third proposal would raise Minnesota’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard and expand the Conservation Improvement Program.

Minnesota has already made great strides towards clean energy. In 2017, 25% of the electricity in the state was generated by renewable sources — a standard which was supposed to be met by 2025. This progress makes it clear that these policies are not just aspirational, they are obtainable.