Energy Vision: Sustainable Growth Coalition

  • Surpass the State of Minnesota’s current economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions targets of 30% reduction by 2025 and 80% reduction by 2050. 
  • Increase access to affordable, reliable, clean energy to improve racial, economic, social, and public health outcomes. 
  • Fuel economic growth for all. 
  • Clean Energy Vision (PDF) 
  • Member Energy Goals (PDF)

Problem Statement

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that urgent measures must be taken in the next decade to reduce climate risks on society. Energy contributes significantly to the State of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions and the State is not on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions goals. Action must be taken to decrease greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which threaten our natural resources, health, and well-being, as well as business continuity and growth. 

Five Focus Areas

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation – Reducing energy consumption and managing demand lowers greenhouse gas emissions and saves money. Minnesota is the leader in energy conservation, productivity and managing demand.
  • Transition to Clean Energy – A transition to lower-carbon and carbon-free fuels allows us to better achieve our goals and addresses the health and social impacts of energy production, storage, transportation and use. Minnesota has a low-carbon energy supply that leverages its renewable resources and optimizes distributed energy. Individuals and organizations have many opportunities to equitably participate in the clean-energy market transition.
  • Optimized Energy System – Optimization of the energy system allows for greater innovation and resilience while increasing access to affordable, reliable clean energy. Minnesota is home to a modern energy system that makes effective and efficient use of our energy resources and infrastructure.
  • Electrification – Electrification can present cost-effective emissions reductions that provide business and innovation opportunities and improve public health. Minnesota has minimized fossil fuel use and emissions through electrification.
  • Greenhouse Gas Capture and Use – Greenhouse gas emissions are waste products from our energy system, but a circular economy will restore the natural carbon cycle and take advantage of opportunities to use greenhouse gases as beneficial inputs. Minnesota captures greenhouse gasses for long-term storage or beneficial use.

Circularity Toolkit

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