by Steve Karnowski, Lacrosse Tribune
Gov. Tim Walz set an ambitious goal Monday for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050, though his plan was short on specifics of how to meet that target.
Walz said his clean energy proposals would put Minnesota at the forefront of addressing climate change while ensuring “reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity.” He said his proposal is different from some other states’ approaches because it involves partnering with utilities that have also set ambitious goals for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. He said each utility would have the flexibility to choose how and at what pace it meets the standard.
“We have the capacity to put forward a plan that will change not only Minnesota’s future but the world’s future,” the Democratic governor said at a news conference.
Environmental and climate change groups, several of which were represented at the announcement, welcomed the governor’s proposals. Michael Noble, executive director of Fresh Energy, said they’re ready to stand with Walz “to ride this vision of a One Minnesota clean energy future.”
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