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Minnesota now boasts more than 700 megawatts of solar capacity and could reach a gigawatt by 2019.
At least some aspects of the Senate bill harmful to wind and solar — like the BEAT provision and minimum corporate tax — are expected to survive this week’s conference committee.
According to E&E News, the Energy Star program is the most successful voluntary energy-efficiency program in the world. It has saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electricity costs and prevented more than about 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year.
Madison, Wisconsin’s resolution to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy is wider-ranging than most because it covers not only electricity but also heating and transportation.
Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.
“An ideal climate policy would reduce carbon emissions, limit regulatory intrusion, promote economic growth, help working-class Americans and prove durable when the political winds change. We have laid out such a plan in a paper to be released Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council.”
“We have a very interesting message coming from the heartland,” said Henry Henderson, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest program. “These policies come from the most energy-intensive part of the country, and there has been a bipartisan embrace of clean energy as good for the public, good for the economy and good for states.”