FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 12, 2020
Media contact: Amy Fredregill, 612-334-3388 ext. 8110.
Regional Employers See Benefit of Transmission Expansion to Drive Regional Economic Competitiveness and Help Meet Renewable Energy Goals
Minneapolis, Minn.—Today, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), an independent, not-for-profit organization that delivers power across 15 U.S. states, is holding their Planning Advisory Committee Meeting. MISO’s work to invest in our transmission grid capacity is critical for ensuring companies, communities and government entities can reach their energy goals while ensuring safe, reliable and affordable clean energy access to consumers.
The Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led partnership harnessing their expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability — the circular economy, is underlining the strong business case for transmission investments as the regional power generation portfolio evolves. In April, the Coalition unveiled its Transmission Guiding Principles that will help advance our region’s competitiveness and meet customer needs.
For Coalition members like Tennant Company, work in clean energy and expanded regional transmission capacity is critical to their mission, sustainability goals and customers. With regional, national, and global footprints, Coalition members advance their goals to drive innovation, reduce emissions, and improve health outcomes.
“Collaboration, innovation and a commitment to our customers and communities is why we are part of the Sustainable Growth Coalition. Long-view, systems thinking can mean big solutions and meaningful change, ensuring we have the tools for innovation and can create prosperity for all,” said Pete Swenson, Director of Sustainable Enterprise at Tennant Company.
“Long range transmission planning is critical to meet our region’s long-term needs; comprehensive planning spends investment dollars optimally. From improved public health to creating a more resilient economy, the Coalition supports investments in our grid. I’m appreciative of MISO’s work to plan the system for tomorrow’s needs — critical to ensure our region is economically competitive, and our businesses and communities, and every person has access to clean, reliable and affordable energy,” said Amy Fredregill, Managing Director of the Coalition.
Nearly 30 businesses and organizations make up the Sustainable Growth Coalition including 3M, Ackerberg, Andersen Corporation, Antea Group, Aveda, Barr Engineering, Best Buy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Ecolab, Ever-Green Energy, Geronimo Energy, Greater MSP, Great Plains Institute, Great River Energy, HealthPartners, HGA, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Department of Administration, Mortenson, Target, Tennant Company, University of Minnesota, Uponor, Wenck and Xcel Energy.