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If you're an Xcel Energy customer, submit a public comment urging the utility to move beyond coal and maximize efficiency and renewable energy.


Re: Xcel Energy Sherco 1 and 2 Study

Dear Minnesota Public Utilities Commission,

I am writing to ask the Public Utilities Commission to require Xcel Energy to to replace its old coal-burning plants, Sherco 1 and 2, with clean energy like wind, solar and energy efficiency.

I am encouraged that Xcel Energy has taken many vital first steps away from burning coal and towards clean energy. However, its current resource plan does not move quickly enough to address climate change or the many adverse health impacts of burning coal. The time is now to cut carbon pollution and invest in clean energy jobs.

Instead of spending more money in old coal-burning power plants, Xcel Energy should be investing in a clean energy future. I call on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to require Xcel Energy to develop a plan to replace these coal-burning power plants with clean energy.


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Additional Talking Points

Investing in clean energy in Minnesota makes good economic sense.

  • Clean energy creates jobs! For every $1 million in clean energy spending 16.7 jobs are created, compared to 5.3 jobs per $1 million for fossil fuel investments (University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute study)
  • Wind potential is high. Minnesota’s wind resource could provide nearly 25 times the state’s current electricity needs, according to a resource assessment from the National Renewable Energy Lab.
  • The number one source of carbon pollution that causes climate change and expensive, extreme weather is carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants. We can’t afford to wait to replace coal with clean energy.
  • Cleaner energy can help protect northeastern Minnesota jobs. Continuing to operate coal-burning power plants will saddle Xcel Energy with expensive investments that don’t make economic sense. Wind and solar have zero fuel costs. Energy efficiency and conservation are the cheapest and fastest ways to control energy costs.
  • Minnesotans make solar! Every day, people go to work at manufacturing plants in Mountain Iron, Baxter, and Bloomington to manufacture solar panels and other components for solar systems.
  • Coal is financially risky. The costs of coal are rising every day. In addition, long overdue health standards to control mercury, soot, smog carbon, and water pollution are being phased in, making companies internalize the human health and environmental costs that have long been ignored.
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