Minnesota has been integrating renewables into its energy mix for more than a decade, in large part thanks to the state’s renewable targets and harnessing its natural resources. Minnesota’s goal of 25 percent renewables by 2025, established in 2007 and already achieved, has supported the growth of wind and solar in the state. Minnesota, a member of the US Climate Alliance, has an emissions-reduction target of 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. In 2019, wind accounted for 19 percent of the state’s electricity generation, and Minnesota is aiming for 10 percent solar by 2030. In the transportation sector, Minnesota has been aggressive in promoting corn-based ethanol, making it one of the top 5 producers in the country. Governor Tim Walz wants Minnesota to build on the state’s recent renewable successes by requiring utilities to source from only clean energy sources by 2050, a vision he articulated in a set of proposals released in 2019 called One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy. Passing and implementing comprehensive clean energy legislation has been hampered by a split state legislature – Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate).


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