March 20th, 2015

SAINT PAUL, MN (March 19, 2015) – The Senate Environment and Energy Committee today passed two significant components of a responsible Minnesota Clean Energy Plan—policy improving the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the yearly energy savings goal from 1.5 to 2 percent—as part of their omnibus bill (Senate File 1431). The bill will now go to the Senate floor for a full vote by the body.

After the passage of the bill by the committee, Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign Director Justin Fay released the following statement:

“Improving the Renewable Energy Standard and the yearly energy savings goal will create good jobs, save money in the long run and protect our state’s natural heritage for generations to come. We thank the authors, the committee members for their votes and chair Marty for his leadership in moving this effort forward. Passing these policies is the right thing for our economy and environment and we look forward to a full Senate vote on this responsible Minnesota Clean Energy Plan.”

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The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign mobilizes more than 60 energy, labor, youth, faith, environment, business, and conservation groups to advance a responsible Minnesota Clean Energy Plan that helps protect our lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water, create quality jobs, preserves Minnesota’s four seasons and leaves a legacy for our children and our grandchildren.

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