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Renewable electricity, solar standards pass House Commerce committee

March 20th, 2013

Energy Omnibus Bill moves forward, Minnesota moves one step closer to cleaner energy future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2013

CONTACT: Kelly Schwinghammer, ,

SAINT PAUL, MN (March 20, 2013) Today, the House Commerce Committee passed the Energy Omnibus bill. The bill, which includes an increase in the Renewable Electricity Standard to 40 percent by 2030 for investor-owned utilities as well as establishes a solar energy standard, moves to the Ways and Means Committee. The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released the following statement:

“Today, we are one-step closer to a cleaner energy future in Minnesota. The House Energy Omnibus bill includes an increase in the Renewable Electricity Standard, establishes a solar energy standard for our state, and includes critical local power provisions that will make these clean energy sources more affordable for Minnesotans. All of these measures will help to ensure that Minnesota is a center for clean, renewable energy and that we are creating and supporting jobs in our state.

“Now, the Senate must move forward with a bill that includes these important provisions, including an increase in the Renewable Electricity Standard and a solar energy standard. To create and support the kind of good jobs we need, and to build a future for our state the keeps our air clean and healthy, we must act now to transition to a cleaner energy economy.”

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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 clean energy future by transitioning to renewable energy like wind and solar power, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier to generate local power. Follow us @MNCleanEnergy.

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