Jobs Omnibus Establishes Statewide Solar Energy Standard, Now Heads to Governor’s Desk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2013
[SAINT PAUL, MN] The Minnesota Senate today passed the Conference Committee report on Jobs and Economic Development, which included measures establish a solar energy standard of 1.5 percent by 2020 for investor-owned utilities, with a statewide goal of reaching 10 percent by 2030. This comes a day after the House passed the bill by a vote of 73-59. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released the following statement:
“This legislation represents a first step forward in answering the Governor’s call to establish a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. A solar energy standard such as this – along with measures promoting community solar gardens and making solar energy cheaper and more accessible for consumers – will launch Minnesota further down the road to a clean, renewable energy future.
“However, our work is not done. Increasing the state’s Renewable Electricity Standard is essential to supporting good jobs in this state while ensuring that Minnesota remains competitive in the wind industry. Failing to raise the bar now means that we are losing investment and job opportunities to other states.
“We know that Minnesotans support increased use of wind and solar. Promoting clean, renewable energy, reducing costs and red tape for these industries, and promote energy efficiency will create and maintain family-supporting jobs and ensure cleaner air to breathe, cleaner water to drink, and a preserved natural environment for the next generation.
“This legislation represents a first step toward achieving that goal.”