Minnesota is home to 5.6 million people with a land area of 89 thousand square miles, making Minnesota the 12th largest state in the US and the 22nd most populous. It is known for its 11,800 lakes, its freezing weather with average winter temperatures of eight degrees Fahrenheit and its stunning amount of snowfall, often getting around 70 inches per year.

Like many other midwestern states, Minnesota is warming quickly and buffeted by more supercharged weather — heat waves, droughts, deluges, wind storms, flooding and even wildfires. Those famous cold winters are warming up at thirteen times the rate of its summers, and its biggest city, Minneapolis, has been classified as one of the nation’s fastest-warming cities. The increasing warmth is taking a toll on the state’s natural environment, especially up north in its boreal forests. Many of Minnesota’s trees, including spruce, fir, paper birch, and quaking aspen, are likely to rapidly decline or even die out completely within the next decade if the warming persists.

The warming winters are also harming Minnesota’s famous lakes, which are freezing later and thawing earlier, making them easy targets for voracious new pests, deadly, parasites, and toxic algae. Another threat to the lakes are the more frequent storms, usually carrying fertilizer runoff from Minnesota’s farming sector,  which contribute to the death of species in lakes via a process called eutrophication, in which the fertilizer fertilizes algae in lakes, causing the populations to explode and promptly die off, using up the lake’s oxygen as they decompose. No oxygen means no life can be supported in the water. Needless to say, Minnesota’s fish populations are also suffering from significant habitat loss.

Floods and droughts, also a result of global warming, are impacting Minnesota’s significant agriculture industry causing, among other things, flash floods, which can be deadly.

With agriculture,  forests, and waters in peril, all of Minnesota’s ecosystems are in greater danger. All of this jeopardizes Minnesota’s tourism industry, which represents 11% of its private job market.

Recognition of the problems created by climate change has generated  some political response. In 2007, Minnesota’s governor signed the Next Generation Energy Act with support from both sides of the aisle. The act set goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 80% between 2005 and 2050, while supporting clean energy, energy efficiency, and supplementing other renewable energy standards in Minnesota. Interim goals were also set: a 15% reduction by 2015, and a 30% reduction by 2025. The act also included initiatives to fund in-state conservation programs and community-based energy development. In 2007 when the act was first signed, it made Minnesota second only to California in the toughness of emissions reduction legislation. Unfortunately, as of July 2016, it had missed all of its goals and under the leadership of Lt. Governor Tina Smith, it published a Call to Action.

In February, 2020, legislators introduced bill HF3436, which takes on climate change from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives. If passed it would establish nine grant programs into which Minnesota residents, companies, and school districts could tap in order to diminish the carbon they release into the air by using renewable energy sources. It features a pair of rebate programs and a revolving loan fund. There would be specific grants for homeowners, public schools, and nursing homes, plus programs to help schools and cities purchase electric buses. The bill has yet to make it through the Minnesota legislature.

The bill that did pass and was signed into law at the end of June, 2021, by Gov. Tim Walz is the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy bill.  He also signed the Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act  into law on May 25, 2021. The bill modernizes the state’s Conservation Improvement Program, a long-term energy- efficiency policy that experts say has saved Minnesotans billions of dollars while avoiding millions of tons in carbon emissions since it began in the 1980s.

Minnesota was the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer in 2018. About 30% of all U.S. crude oil imports flow through Minnesota. 25% of utility-scale electricity generation in Minnesota came from coal-fired electric power plants in 2020, down from 53% in 2011. In the same year, Minnesota’s two nuclear power plants fueled 26% of the state’s electrical generation, supplying the largest share of state generation for the first time. However, renewable energy, primarily wind, fueled even more, at 29%. In 2020, Minnesota ranked ninth in the nation in total generation from wind energy with the state’s wind farms accounted for 22% of the total in-state electricity net generation and 74% of renewable generation.

Minnesota’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) applies to all electricity providers in the state. It requires that the state’s utilities, with the exception of the state’s largest utility, generate or procure at least 25% of electricity retail sales from eligible renewable sources by 2025. The state’s largest utility had to obtain 30% of its retail electricity sales from renewable energy by the end of 2020. All public utilities in the state had a further obligation to acquire 1.5% of all retail electricity sales from solar energy by 2020. In addition to the requirements of the RPS, Minnesota has a statewide goal of 10% solar by 2030 for all public utilities. Minnesota utilities have already reached the 25% by 2025 requirement.

They are exploring some fascinating new directions:

  • for example,  a new renewable energy source, a “thermal battery” to power hundreds of apartment units from the Jordan Aquifer.  It can store heat in the summer for use in the winter and likewise with the cold. It will be the first of its kind in Minnesota.
  • a solar panel manufacture called Heliene is preparing to build the 2ndlargest solar panel manufacturing plant in the country in Minnesota’s Iron Range.
  • batteries are being installed in a Minneapolis green jobs training center in one of the country’s first “virtual power plant” power projects with each battery simulating a household buying and selling power with its neighbors.
  • a solar microgrid is being developed on the Red Lake Reservation by Robert Blake, founder of the Minneapolis-based solar installation company Solar Bear.
  • Xcel Energy, plans to accelerate decarbonization efforts cutting emissions by 85% by 2030, in its shift from fossil fuels to renewables.

Minnesota is one of twenty four states, plus Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Climate projections study presented to House climate and energy panel 4/25/22


MPCA says emission reduction goal in sight, industry leaders working to help

By Ben Henry 02/10/23
A new state report says Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have dropped by 23% between 2005 and 2020, putting the state on track to meet its climate goals for the first time.
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Documents show how a pipeline company paid Minnesota millions to police protests

By Alleen Brown and John McCracken 02/09/23
The morning of June 7, 2021, Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Nelson of Beltrami County, Minnesota, bought water and refreshments, packed his gear, and prepared for what would be, in his own words, “a long day.” For…
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Minn. governor trusts energy law will survive ND suit threat

By Steve Karnowski 02/07/23
Democratic Gov Tim Walz signed a bill Tuesday that requires Minnesota utilities to get 100% of their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2040, saying he's confident it will stand up against a threatened lawsuit from…
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Minnesota’s New Carbon-Free Energy Plan is a Win for Birds and People

By National Audubon Society 02/07/23
Today, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a clean energy bill into law after it passed in the House and Senate. The new law requires the state’s utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from…
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Minnesota to require 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

By Zoya Teirstein 02/03/23
Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota passed an ambitious climate law late Thursday night requiring the state’s power utilities to use 100 percent clean electricity by 2040. The clean electricity legislation was approved on a party-line vote…
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Biden admin limits mining for renewable energy resources despite green push

By Alec Schemmel 01/31/23
Despite its push for Americans to transition to renewable energy, the Biden administration has placed a 20-year moratorium on mining activity in a vast swath of Minnesota wilderness said to be sitting atop a mass…
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Minnesota Is Poised to Pass an Ambitious 100 Percent Clean Energy Bill. Now About Those Incinerators…

By Aydali Campa 01/30/23
A bill that would require Minnesota’s utilities to generate 100 percent clean energy by 2040 passed in the House last week and is expected to be signed into law in the coming weeks. The legislation…
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Biden protects vast wilderness area in Minnesota from mining

By Timothy Puko 01/26/23
The Biden administration is banning mining for 20 years in a giant watershed near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the president’s latest effort to deliver on conservation pledges that would shape the future of…
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Minnesota governor rolls out plan to fight climate change

By Steve Karnowski 09/17/22
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Friday rolled out a framework for fighting climate change that shows his proposed direction on the environment if he wins a second term, a sweeping plan that would slash carbon…
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Solar ‘resilience hubs’ coming to three Minneapolis neighborhoods

By Danny Spewak 07/18/22
Three Minneapolis neighborhoods will implement "resilience hubs" in the near future, outfitting buildings with solar rooftops and battery storage to create microgrids that can generate power even in the event of a natural disaster.
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Minnesota cities want permission to move faster than state on energy codes

By Frank Jossi 03/24/22
Minnesota’s approach to updating state building energy codes is too slow given the urgency of the climate crisis, according to a coalition of cities and clean energy advocates that is pressing for swifter change.
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Solar garden powering and empowering north Minneapolis

By Jennifer Brooks 02/25/22
The first subscribers are signing up for a stake in this solar garden — and signing on to a vision of north Minneapolis as a hub for clean energy and green jobs. The North High…
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‘Rusty’ batteries could hold key to Minnesota’s carbon-free power future

In central Minnesota, a first-of-its kind pilot project will test whether new battery storage technology that uses a common process — iron rusting — could play a key role in the nation's transition to cleaner…

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Ready for a 20,000-watt pho shop on University Avenue? A new federal program aims to connect immigrant businesses to solar power.

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Important DNR investments included in the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward

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Land & Liberty Coalition Launches in Maryland

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Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams 2022 Seed Grants double number of 2021 projects

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‘We have a lot to lose’: 16 Minnesota cities declare climate emergency, urge legislative action

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Minnesota House DFL proposes spending $1B of surplus on climate plan

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City approves Sustainable Building Policy; Rice County making more climate friendly efforts; Temple says NPB has exciting things on the horizon

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Green energy is coming to Prospect Park

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Minneapolis battery pilot will test vision for sharing solar power with neighbors

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Tribal Solar Projects Provide More Than Climate Solutions

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Minnesota’s Iron Range may soon be home to one of the largest solar panel manufacturing facilities in the country

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Xcel plans to roll out 10,000 MW of renewable energy in Minnesota, Colorado by 2030

Xcel Energy, in its second quarter earnings report on Thursday, said it plans to significantly accelerate decarbonization efforts in its home state of Minnesota and will cut emissions by 85% by 2030.

More EV charging stations on the horizon for Minnesota

By Evan Ramstad and Mike Hughlett 06/12/21
During the 30 to 40 minutes it takes to charge up, Duran talks to people or watches videos on his smartphone. With the charge costing around $15, Duran says the time is worth it.

Minnesota’s new ECO Act will help ease the burdens of energy costs on low-income families, including many people of color

By Andrew Hazzard 05/28/21
A rare bipartisan bill aims to help Minnesota lower emissions while offering significant savings for low-income families, including many people of color.

Hennepin County’s new climate action plan preserves an unpopular old technology: burning garbage near north Minneapolis.

By Andrew Hazzard 05/23/21
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Preparing for Climate Change in Minnesota

This page provides an overview of the steps Minnesota is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Minnesota state and regional initiatives

Find information about The Next Generation Energy Act, the Greenhouse gas emissions reduction report, and the Climate Solutions and Economic Opportunities Initiative (CSEO).

Minnesota Climate Solutions and Economic Opportunities

Minnesota is committed by statute to do its part for the climate by meeting its Next Generation Energy Act goals . This 2007 law requires the state cut its annual emissions of greenhouse gases by…

Welcome to Minneapolis 2040 – The City’s Comprehensive Plan

The City will use this plan to guide decision-making that affects the long-term future of our city as it relates to the built, natural, and economic environment.


Minnesota Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

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Minnesota State Profile and Energy Estimates

Minnesota is one of the largest Midwestern states and extends further north than any of the other Lower 48 states. Although Minnesota has no fossil fuel reserves or production, the state plays an important role…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

A Report From The National Tribal Air Association And Moms Clean Air Force

The total numberof Indigenous people in the United States is between 2.5 and 6 million, of which 20% live on Tribal lands or in Alaska Native villages. There are 574 federally recognized Tribes, but this…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Minnesota

Between 2017 and 2019, Minnesota experienced one flood and two severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Minnesota

Minnesota’s climate is already changing. In the past century, the state has warmed by 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and annual rainfall is increasing. In the future, Minnesota can expect more floods,…

Renewable Energy In Minnesota

With nearly a century and half of experience, Minnesota's investor-owned utilities deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy 24/7/365.

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) is a member-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Minneapolis in 1978 and incorporated in Minnesota in 1979 to promote the use of, and to engage in advocacy for, renewable…

Sustainable Home Tour

Reaching the community through advocacy, education and awareness

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of, and engaging in the advocacy for, renewable energies in Minnesota through education and the demonstration of practical applications.

Renewable Energy In Minnesota

Information on Minnesota's progress on renewable energy from in-state investor owned electric and natural gas utilities.


Why Line 3? Why now?

By Emily Atkin   03/15/21  
Tania Aubid has not eaten solid food for 26 days, but she still has energy to yell at the cops. “No jurisdiction!!” she bellowed at two passing sheriff vehicles on Thursday from a blue beach…
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Xcel, environmentalists square off over planned gas-fired power plant

By Mike Hughlett   03/06/21  
The rise of natural gas-fired power was long welcomed — or at least accepted — by both utilities and clean-energy groups. Gas vanquished coal, cutting both carbon dioxide emissions and wholesale electricity costs.
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How Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency approaches its environmental equity push

By Minn Post   03/04/21  
This story originally appeared in MinnPost and was republished with permission. MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota.
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Hennepin County releases comprehensive climate action plan

By David Chanen   02/27/21  
Hennepin County is on the verge of playing a larger role in curbing global climate change, rolling out hundreds of new strategies aimed at driving down greenhouse gas emissions across the county.
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Climate change led to Brandon wastewater spill, Minnesota pollution official says

Photo by Karen Tolkkinen   02/26/21  
Extreme weather is overwhelming Minnesota’s aging water treatment systems, state officials say, resulting in partially treated wastewater spills in northwestern Minnesota, including a spill in Brandon.
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Minnesota Power to pursue 100% carbon-free energy by 2050, nix coal by 2035

By Catherine Morehouse   01/14/21  
Minnesota Power is aiming to generate 100% of its electricity from carbon-free resources by 2050, the company announced Tuesday.
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Indigenous-led resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline threatens Big Oil’s last stand

By Nick Engelfried   01/13/21  
This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. Please note that the date of the article was December 14, 2020, so dates referred to reflect that timing.
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ALLETE Subsidiaries Secure Wind Project Financing

By Matthew Mercure   01/07/21  
ALLETE Clean Energy, a company that acquires, develops and operates renewable energy projects, says two of its wholly owned subsidiaries have secured approximately $350 million in tax equity financing to support two recently completed wind…
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Stopping Trump’s Last Pipeline Will Take All of Us

By Winona LaDuke   01/07/21  
In normal times, about 100 souls live in this small Northern Minnesota town on the banks of the Mississippi River where we are making our stand against one of the largest tar sands pipeline projects…
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Choose this over sulfide mining: renewables, jobs and metals recycling

By Paula Maccabee   01/06/21  
Recycling copper and other metals can help address the climate crisis, increase jobs, and provide the materials needed to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.
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Renewable-energy tax credits extended under pandemic stimulus package

By Mike Hughlett   01/06/21  
Minnesota renewable-energy developers are welcoming the latest federal pandemic stimulus package, which will extend critical tax credits. Signed into law at December's end, the $900 billion stimulus bill — meant to stem the economic effects…
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Changing flood maps in MN River Valley attributed to climate change

By Jaimee Hood   01/05/21  
Each year the Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, reassesses floodplains to make sure flood maps are up to date. The goal of the maps is to identify homes that may be affected by future…
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What Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks mean for northern Minnesota’s Twin Metals mining project

By Walker Orenstein   01/04/21  
In 2016, the administration of Barack Obama halted a controversial mining project near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. President Trump revived it once he took office. What will President-elect Joe Biden do? Since his…
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How can Minnesota winters be milder and snowier at the same time?

By Paul Huttner   01/04/21  
The first third of meteorological winter is in the books. And so far Minnesota’s winter weather seems counterintuitive.
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Minnesota Looking to Make K-12 Social Studies More Inclusive

By Josh Verges   01/02/21  
Minnesota’s K-12 social studies standards are undergoing extensive revisions in search of a more inclusive approach that teaches about people previously left out of the discussion.
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In push to save Minnesota’s state bee

By Greg Stanley   01/01/21  
When the bald eagle became an endangered species, the chemical that was killing it was banned. When federal officials added the gray wolf to the list, they outlawed hunting wolves. But what happens when the…
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Minnesota DNR wants black spruce cones, and has upped the price per bushel

By Jennifer Bjorhus   12/31/20  
The state's black spruce seed cupboard is bare. So the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is paying people $85 a bushel — up from $70 last year — for the cones to meet spring orders…
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Milestone: Minnesota Power now generates half its power from renewables

By Marshall Helmberger   12/29/20  
Minnesota Power has become the first utility in the state to deliver 50 percent of its electrical energy to customers from renewable sources, primarily wind and hydro. According to a statement from Allete, Minnesota Power’s…
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Lawsuit seeks to halt Line 3 pipeline, alleging faulty approval process

By Mike Hughlett   12/28/20  
Opponents of Enbridge's new Line 3 project have asked a federal court to halt construction of the $2.6 billion pipeline, saying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately address several environmental issues when…
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Minnesota works to fit climate change into environmental reviews

By Jennifer Bjorhus   12/24/20  
How much carbon dioxide would a new hockey arena emit? Or a new housing subdivision, industrial plant or highway? Minnesotans will find out under the sweeping revisions being developed for its environmental review process. Multiple…
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Minnesota regulators approve $750M Xcel wind-power project

By Mike Hughlett   12/24/20  
Minnesota regulators on Wednesday approved Xcel Energy's $750 million wind farm "repowering" project, one of several proposals from the utility to help speed up the state's economic recovery from COVID-19.
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As Construction Begins on a Minnesota Oil Line, Native Activists Keep Fighting

By Cody Nelson   12/24/20  
One of the tools used to clear-cut forests is called a feller buncher. Imagine an excavator or small crane, but with large, metal claws at the end. The claws grip trees by their trunk, slice…
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Half of Minnesota Power’s energy provided flows from renewable sources

By Chris Galford   12/18/20  
With the addition of power from the Nobles 2 wind project, approximately half of the electricity provided to Minnesota Power customers now comes from renewable sources, making it the first Minnesota utility to achieve that…
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Minnesota moves ahead with ‘clean car’ rules

By Dan Kraker   12/18/20  
Minnesota officials are moving forward with “clean cars” standards, a plan intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase electric vehicle options for consumers, while also getting the state back on track toward meeting its…
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Minnesota Power Reaches 50% Renewable Energy Milestone

By Steve Hanley   12/17/20  
There are plenty of utility companies in the US that look at renewable energy as a sort of disease, one that will infect their carefully crafted monopoly business model and disrupt it, perhaps fatally. Minnesota…
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Minnesota Power reaches 50% renewable energy

By Brooks Johnson   12/17/20  
Every other light bulb across a wide swath of northeastern and central Minnesota is now powered exclusively by wind, solar and hydro electricity. Minnesota Power announced Wednesday it had reached its goal of 50% renewable…
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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Minnesota’s Rare Lynx From Trapping

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today for permitting trapping that harms Canada lynx. In the past decade, state and federal agencies have documented captures of 16 lynx in…
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Minnesota Legislator Who Believes ‘Water Cleans Itself’ Defends Potato Giant’s Irrigation Expansion in Fragile Pineland Sands

By Donald Carr   12/16/20  
Minnesota environmental regulators met several times behind closed doors to fabricate a rationale for not holding the nation’s largest potato grower accountable for decades of harm to the ecologically fragile Pineland Sands area. The regulators…
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US Solar, Minnesota Power Enter PPA for Solar+Storage Project

By Michael Bates   12/15/20  
US Solar and Minnesota Power have entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a solar+storage project in Grand Rapids, Minn. The project is the result of a collaboration between US Solar, Minnesota Power, Grand…
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Saving the Boundary Waters is key to solving the climate and extinction crisis

By Becky Rom   12/11/20  
Millions of Americans breathed a deep sigh of relief in early November when Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States — not only because he signified a return to order and…
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Record year for wind turbine shipments good for Minnesota economy, environment

By Paul Huttner and Megan Burks   12/11/20  
A record 525,000 freight tons of wind energy cargo passed through the port of Duluth in 2020, blowing away the previous record of 306,000 freight tons in 2019, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.
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Great River announces Minnesota wind-farm projects to replace coal-plant power

By Mike Hughlett   12/10/20  
Great River Energy now has agreements with five wind farms to provide power to help compensate for the planned closure of its massive coal plant in North Dakota by 2023. Maple Grove-based Great River, the…
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A Minnesota oil company is bringing in a pipeline – and with it the risk of Covid

By Emily Holden   12/04/20  
Advocates and Native tribes, who have fought the proposal for years, have renewed complaints amid a coronavirus surge
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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In Minnesota, community solar maintains growth despite challenges

By Frank Jossi   07/07/20  
Even facing pandemic slowdowns and legislative opposition, the state far outpaces its closest competitor in operating capacity. 
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This Minneapolis microgrid could serve as a jobs training and resiliency hub

By Frank Jossi   07/01/20  
The racially diverse neighborhood of North Minneapolis could become the site of a novel educational and social equity collaboration.
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Minnesota Sues ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and Top Oil and Gas Trade Association for Climate-Related Consumer Fraud

By Elliott Negin   06/24/20  
On Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading US oil and gas industry trade association.
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Climate change comes to Duluth — one of America’s “climate refuge cities”

By Stephanie Hemphill   04/30/20  
Perched on the western shore of the world's greatest lake, this freshwater port community offers lessons for resilience in uncertain times....
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In fast-warming Minnesota, scientists are trying to plant the forests of the future

By Brady Dennis   04/29/20  
Almost everywhere he looks, Lee Frelich sees the fingerprints of climate change on the forests he has studied since he was a boy half a century ago.
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From rust to resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

By Kari Lydersen   04/21/20  
Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities. ...
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How Minnesota students are combating climate change, one school building at a time

By Erin Hinrichs   01/24/20  
Single-use plastic utensils have been replaced with metal flatware in the school lunchroom.
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Loons likely to disappear from Minnesota, new report warns

Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters....
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Minnesota grows business, jobs as it greens the local economy

By Neal St. Anthony   09/15/19  
Renewables now account for 25% of total Minnesota power production. Policymakers and utilities are talking about doubling that by 2030.
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Xcel Energy seeks changes as ‘value of solar’ rate spike looms in Minnesota

By Frank Jossi   09/09/19  
After falling for a few years, the rate paid to community solar projects is projected to surge in 2020 if changes aren’t made.
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Minneapolis seeks ideas to lower price tag of meeting renewable energy goals

The city has issued a “request for information” seeking alternatives to a utility green tariff program.
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Inspired by Stockholm’s success, a U.S. city goes big on biochar

Biochar is nothing new in Minneapolis. The city has, for years, bought truckloads of the charcoal-like material from a plant in Missouri and used the dusty black nuggets for a well-known use: to enrich soil…
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Pollinator-friendly solar energy becomes the norm in Minnesota

By Elizabeth Dunbar   06/20/19  
The environmental benefits of Connexus Energy's solar-plus-storage project are obvious enough, but this time of year, you'll notice something more: prairie grasses and flowers planted under and around the sea of solar panels.
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What Does a Zero-Carbon Future Look Like for Transportation in Minnesota?

By Jennifer Bjorhus   05/20/19  
Transportation is now the leading source of carbon emissions in the state, and mile by mile, Minnesotans who worry about climate change are focusing on it as the way to cut greenhouse gases.
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American Climate Rebels Episode 2 – Minnesota: Stop Line 3

Enbridge have received the go-ahead to build a replacement - actually a brand new - pipeline through Minnesota to shift tar sands oil out of the USA, hoping to make as much money as possible…
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