For more information contact: Zachary Stephenson 651-268-1644
REP. ERIN MURPHY HAILS PASSAGE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD
Representative Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) today applauded the passage of H.F. 4, the Renewable Energy Standard.
"This is a great day for Minnesota," Murphy said. "Not only is this a step towards clean, homegrown energy, but we're sowing the seeds of a new industry. We can build wind turbines in Minnesota and use them to harness the wind in the Southwest Minnesota – this bill will generate prosperity and jobs in every corner of the state."
Murphy noted that in addition to the economic benefits, the Renewable Energy Standard will help combat the danger of global climate change by reducing carbon emissions from electrical generation.
"Global warming is a very serious threat that we must confront," she said. "If we do nothing, we risk endangering our very way of life. Many of the traditions that we hold dear, from ice-fishing to canoeing to birding to duck hunting, are threatened by climate change."
Murphy referred to information provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which showed that an increase in temperature could decrease ice cover during the winter, lower lake levels in the summer, threaten waterfowl populations and destroy forests.
The Renewable Energy Standard requires utilities to generate at least 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025. The vast majority of that energy is expected to come from wind power, though some will come from solar and biomass. The standard passed the Minnesota House by a margin of 123 to 10. The legislation passed the Senate last week by a margin of 63-3. Governor Pawlenty is also a supporter of the bill.
"Support for this bill transcends political, ideological and regional divides," Murphy said. "Democrats, Republicans, rural members, urban members, suburban members, liberals and conservatives all are behind this bill."
No image galleries found