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Increased renewable electricity standard, solar standard pass House Energy Policy Committee

March 14th, 2013

Increased renewable electricity standard, solar energy, and local power policies will create good jobs and move Minnesota toward sustainable energy future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Eric Steen, 612-325-6110, [email protected]

SAINT PAUL, MN (March 14, 2013) On Wednesday evening, the House Energy Policy Committee passed the Omnibus energy bill. The bill increases the state’s Renewable Electricity Standard, establishes a solar energy standard of 4 percent by 2025, and includes important policies that will make local power production more efficient and more affordable, as well as a provision that requires utilities to pay solar producers what solar is worth to the electricity system.

The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released the following statement:

“The House Omnibus Energy bill takes a significant step forward in building a sustainable energy future that creates good jobs for Minnesotans. To keep good, family-sustaining jobs here in Minnesota, and for clean air and a healthy environment for years to come, we must act now.

“The bill continues Minnesota’s leadership as a center for clean energy and jobs by increasing the Renewable Electricity Standard and establishing a strong solar energy standard. In addition, the bill includes important measures that will make producing local power more efficient and more affordable for Minnesotans.

“We commend the House Energy Policy Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Hortman, for moving this state forward, and we look forward to working with lawmakers towards final passage of this clean energy and jobs plan this session.”

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The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign brings together more than 30 labor, faith, youth, environmental and conservation groups to build Minnesota’s sustainable energy future by transitioning to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier to generate local power. Visit www.cleanenergyjobs.mn. Follow us @MNCleanEnergy.

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