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ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) joined the majority in the Minnesota House in approving legislation that creates a new renewable energy standard in our state. The bill requires that by the year 2025, at least 25% of all Minnesota energy must be produced from renewable sources - such as wind, hydrogen, and solar energy.
“This bill was crafted with the goal of containing costs,” Gunther said. “It gives a power producer the ability to access another producer’s renewable portfolio so each of them can reach the 25 percent goal. It also protects the consumer, as it prevents rate payers from significant financial burdens if escalating costs are associated with meeting this new standard.”
Gunther said the bill showcases ag renewable products, which will benefit southern Minnesota’s farmers. It also follows Governor Pawlenty’s Next Generation Energy Plan, which stresses the need to lessen Minnesota’s dependence on foreign oil.
Gunther noted that business, utilities, and environmental groups all worked with lawmakers to create a workable bill for all parties.
“This is the most ambitious renewable energy standard in the United States, and it keeps Minnesota on the cutting edge,” Gunther said.
The Minnesota Senate recently approved this legislation, and Governor Pawlenty has indicated he will sign it into law.
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