Minnesota May Join Carbon-Free States by 2050

This article discusses why Minnesota may join carbon-free states by 2050. Some lawmakers want their state to move toward 100 percent clean energy – with all electricity generated by renewable sources by 2050.

Democratic State Rep. Jamie Long is the sponsor of a new bill, House File 700, which builds upon the goal of 25 percent renewable energy in 2025 that was named in the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act.

Minnesota met that goal last year, seven years ahead of schedule,” Long said during a hearing Tuesday to introduce the bill before the House climate committee. “Clean energy jobs in Minnesota are growing twice as fast as the economy as a whole. Minnesota is home to the number one solar construction company and two of the top wind-building companies in the country.”

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