Senator Nick Frentz Ushers Bipartisan Minnesota Energy Infrastructure Permitting Act to Passage in Senate

Proposal will progress towards Minnesota’s goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2040

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 4784Senator Nick Frentz’s (DFL – North Mankato) bipartisan Minnesota Energy Infrastructure Permitting Act. The legislation will transform Minnesota’s clean energy permitting process, remove roadblocks to reaching Minnesota’s 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 goal, eliminate redundancies, increase transparency, and make the permitting process consistent and efficient. 

“Last year, Minnesota committed to ambitious clean energy goals by passing 100% carbon-free energy by 2040,” said Senator Frentz. “To meet this goal, we need to speed up the permitting process to transition to carbon-free energy sources. The Minnesota Energy Permitting Act is expected to speed up the regulatory process by up to nine months, leading to more clean energy jobs in Minnesota. We crafted a great bill with stakeholder support, and I am proud of the work that went into this proposal to reform the permitting process.”

The bill is a result of a working group the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) convened in 2023 and represents 13 consensus items pulled from the stakeholder report. These items are anticipated to reduce the permitting process for some projects by up to nine months. 

The bill passed by a vote of 35-32. The bill now heads to the House. 

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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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