Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wants the state’s electricity utilities to achieve carbon-free power by 2040, a decade earlier than previously agreed. The new target was presented in a package of measures in January. It follows a report warning that the state is not doing enough to meet the goal of reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Walz’s proposal would require utilities to prioritize carbon-free energy sources whenever they replace a power plant or expand their generation capacity. A separate measure calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from residential, commercial, and industrial buildings across the state by 50 percent by 2035.“The time to fight climate change is now,” Walz argues.
“Not only is clean energy the right and responsible choice for future generations, clean energy maximizes job creation and grows our economy, which is especially important as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”