Senator Simonson Supports Natural Gas Innovation Act

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate passed the Natural Gas Innovation Act Tuesday, promoting innovative clean energy resources and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance clean energy.

“This is another step towards a clean energy future for Minnesota and provides more opportunities for utilities to take steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” said Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “We must continue to move as quickly as possible in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and I’m thankful that we could get bipartisan agreement towards that goal with this important legislation.”

The bill establishes a state regulatory policy allowing a natural gas utility to add alternative fuels like renewable natural gas and hydrogen gas to its distribution system. A utility could also deploy new energy-efficiency and carbon-capture technologies to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas use. This new policy will help Minnesota meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and diversify state energy sources.

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Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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