Gov. Walz announces 100% clean electricity goal by 2050

Walz says it will support jobs and the environment

Al Schoch
March 04, 2019 - 10:40 am
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Gov. Tim Walz announced ambitious goals to address climate change he says will also support the state's economy.

The 'One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy' is a set of proposals with the aim of reaching 100 percent clean energy in the state's electrical sector by the year 2050. Walz says while Washington doesn't appear ready to lead in setting clean energy goals, Minnesota will with the help of public utilities.

"I think what's really unique about this is with this collaboration, we get this through, we make this commitment, we move forward...Minnesota is the nation's leader," Walz said.

Walz says the plan will pioneer the green energy economy -- creating jobs, while protecting the planet -- but it's being met with skepticism by some. Sen. David Osmek, Republican Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Utilities, said in a statement that it's "laudable," but "ignores reality."

“While Governor Walz’s 100 percent clean energy proposal is a laudable goal, it ignores the stark reality that we will always have a need for traditional energy generation methods, which includes carbon-based options. During the recent polar vortex, when Minnesota’s wind turbines ceased to operate at 22 degrees below zero, millions of families across our state would have been left without power had it not been for traditional energy sources. For the safety of every Minnesotan, we must continue to have an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy, if for no other reason than as a back-up in emergency situations.

Further, as we approach 40 percent in renewable energy generation, our current power grid will need substantial and costly transmission upgrades. A push to 100 percent will cause energy prices to skyrocket in our state, put a strain on the budgets of every Minnesota family, and severely impact our business community.  I look forward to reviewing the details of the governor’s proposal and I am encouraged he has recognized the importance of nuclear in our overall energy plan.”

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