Vote Solar Celebrates Passage of Historic Clean Energy Legislation

In November 2022, the people of Minnesota spoke loud and clear by electing clean energy majorities to both chambers of the legislature. Today, the Minnesota State Senate delivered for their constituents by passing the 100% Clean Energy Bill (Senate File 4) and sending it to Governor Walz’s desk. 

The legislation passed today — the first clean energy standard passed in the nation this year — mandates a transition to 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 and marks a crucial milestone on the road to equitable, economy-wide decarbonization. Once signed into law, the impacts to Minnesota’s public health, clean energy workforce, and bill affordability will be tangible and widely-felt. The bill will also drive significant advancements in environmental justice. By requiring utilities and energy regulators to direct proportional benefits to communities shouldering the heaviest burdens of climate change, Senate File 4 will be instrumental in reducing environmental health disparities and relieving unjust energy burdens for families across our state. 

This victory is years in the making and the culmination of persistent efforts by frontline organizers, activists, and legislative champions. In particular, I’d like to recognize Representatives Jamie Long and Patty Acomb, Senator Nick Frentz, and our partners in the 100% Campaign for their leadership in getting this popular legislation over the finish line. 

Despite the work that remains ahead of us, the 100% Clean Energy Bill brings us closer than ever to a renewable, resilient Minnesota that puts people at the center. I urge Governor Walz to sign the 100% Clean Energy Standard into law as soon as possible and add Minnesota to the growing list of states leading the way through 100% clean energy commitments.

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