Governor Signs Transformative Clean-Energy Legislation Into Law

Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, Senator Nick Frentz Tout the Historic Minnesota Effort to Address Climate Change

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) and Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) said today that the historic clean-energy legislation Governor Walz signed into law Tuesday will put Minnesota on the path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 and help ensure the state is a leader in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs.

The two lawmakers said the historic measure will move Minnesota towards a clean energy future, while keeping the state’s energy production affordable and reliable.

“Making important, transformative change is never easy, but today we have achieved something that is about the future of our state, our nation, and our planet,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic.  “This new law is not only about Minnesota’s role in addressing a climate crisis that is already here, it’s also about the clean-energy jobs we will create, and the legacy we will leave to our children, our grandchildren and future generations.” 

“Carbon emissions are the number one threat to the health of our planet,” said Sen. Frentz, the chief Senate author of the legislation. “This new law demonstrates that Minnesota takes climate change seriously while we create an energy production system that is reliable, affordable, and responsible.  To achieve this new law, we brought together utilities, labor groups and environmental advocates who all understand the need for our state to take this transformative step in a way that will work for our state’s future.”


Senator Kari Dziedzic
Kari Dziedzic represents District 60, which includes Seward, Cedar Riverside, Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis.

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Senator Nick Frentz
Nick Frentz represents Senate District 18, which includes portions of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet counties in the south central part of the state.

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