SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) recently returned from an invitation-only Clean Power Plan Policy Workshop hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Washington D.C. The workshop explored a range of policy issues related to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new carbon dioxide emissions regulations for power plants.
The controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) was released this summer, where it has been met with varying degrees of cooperation across all 50 states. In Minnesota, the plan calls for a cut to our carbon dioxide emissions rate by 40.3 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. This is an aggressive, but attainable goal that serves as an opportunity to reduce mercury in our water, improve lives, cut pollution and protect our way of life. Sen. Hoffman says learning more about the CPP and how legislators can lead on the issue was very interesting and applicable to the committees he serves on in the Senate.
“I’m so grateful to NCSL for giving me the opportunity to go into greater depth on the Clean Power Plan. It was fascinating to learn about the different options states can employ to meet their new emissions regulations – including trading credits with other states who have more clean power sources,” said Hoffman.
“Learning more about how each state is approaching the regulations so differently, I’m proud to come from an energy-progressive state like Minnesota who has already spent the last decade making great strides toward creating cleaner energy sources. I’m also really excited about the jobs being created by clean energy. Our state’s implementation of the Renewable Energy Standard has already helped generate 15,300 clean energy jobs across the state – I’m looking forward to the creation of even more high-paying jobs as a happy side effect to cleaner air and water,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman believes the Clean Power Plan will continue to drive innovation in Minnesota as we work on ways to lower carbon emissions and increase our production of energy from clean sources.